Tuesday, 24 June 2008

St Laurence or St Lawrence

I don’t know why St Laurence Church is normally spelt differently to St Lawrence village and district. The church is very old indeed it was founded in 1062 as a chapel of Minster. In 1175 Richard De Manston built the southwest porch and aisles on each side of the nave. The chapels on each side of the chancel were added in the early 1200s. St Lawrence was made a separate parish in 1275. The church had a major restoration in 1888 the four-dial clock being added at that time.


  1. I always thought St Laurence was just an older spelling and that it had been superseded some time in the early 20th century by the more modern spelling 'Lawrence'. I'm probably wrong though. Nearly always am!

  2. Richard I think you may be right the information came from one of Don Long’s cartoon histories of Ramsgate that I publish though and he is seldom wrong.

    I have looked in Lewis 1736 and the only spelling he mentions is Laurence I have also looked in Charles Cotton’s History and Antiquities of the Church and Parish of St. Laurence, Thanet 1895 which I am preparing for publication at the moment, oddly enough in Cotton although he uses Laurence exclusively in the text the spelling used for the captions under the illustrations Lawrence.


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