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St Mary's (New) Church sits majestically on
the green at the lower end of St Mary's Road in Upper Walmer, with St
Clare Road on its eastern side. As time passed, the original parish
church, Blessed Mary of Walmer, became unsuitable and inconvenient for
the growing population. For about twenty years, efforts were made to
raise funds for a new church, and due to the generosity of several local
families the architect Arthur Blomfield was appointed to design and build
The foundation stone of the new building was laid in
1887 and the church was completed a year later, dedicated by Archbishop
Benson on 5 April 1888. The tower, with a peal of eight bells, was not
built until 1893 and has been left unfinished without the spire that was
originally intended for it. The church is a fine example of Victorian
Gothic revivalism in the 'Decorated' style. The main fabric of the building,
built of Kentish Rag with Bath stone, is unchanged since it was built.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints is on Gothic Close, a sort of driveway which serves a
couple of houses on the southern side and the church on the northern
side, situated west of the Dover Road, midway between Walmer Castle
Road and Church Street. Typically, there is no information available
on the history of the building or the site, but the church building
appears to date to the 1990s at the earliest. Whether it replaced an
earlier building is unknown.
Walmer Baptist Church occupies the north-west
corner of Dover Road and Kelvedon Road in Lower Walmer. It was in February
1899 that the members of Victoria Baptist Church in Deal resolved at their
annual church meeting to start working to establish a church in the fast-
expanding adjacent residential district of Lower Walmer. By April the
following year £800 was raised at a magnificent supper and part of The Great
Field was secured and presented to the church.
In June 1901 an informal dedication service was held on
the site and the foundation stone was laid in August 1903. The building was
opened on 21 July 1904 and is cruciform in shape, with shallow transepts, chancel
with choir stalls and a fine off-set tower on the front elevation (undergoing
restoration in 2010). It seats 500 with a gallery behind the nave and an
open baptistery. The organ was built by the local firm of FW Browne, although
it no longer works.
The Royal Marines Chapel, North Barracks
lay on the northern side of Canada Road in Lower Walmer, serving one
half of Deal Barracks. Much of the chapel was destroyed by the IRA
bomb which exploded in the barracks on 22 September 1989, killing
eleven young bandsmen and wounding several others. The music school
was closed in 1996 and the site, with the remains of the chapel, is
now a permanent memorial garden to those who were killed in the