Manston church dates from the 13th Century with a tower dated 1534. It is a beautiful Grade 1 listed church with a long association with Manston House in whose grounds it stands.
There is a mausoleum next to the church built by a Captain Hanham, a previous owner of Manston house, in 1877 for his wife and mother-in-law, whilst he sought permission to build a crematorium in the garden. In 1882, Manston became the site of the first official cremation in the United Kingdom.
The church retains a good deal of its historical character, the main additions being a 19th century porch and a north aisle vestry added in 1885.
The church is now a Chapel of Ease to St Nicholas’ Church Child Okeford.
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