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St James' Church Cooling, Cooling

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St James' Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Cooling, Kent, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church stands in the Hoo peninsula, 6 miles (10 km) north of Rochester, with only marshland to the north between it and the River Thames.
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  • A landmark building on the Hoo Peninsula, this church is best known for it's connections to Charles Dickens, who took inspiration from his childhood visits here. The unusual graves of malaria victims....  more »
  • The churchyard of St James' has a cluster of 13 small grave ledgers which are memorials to the children of the Comport family who died in infancy from marsh ague - malaria - at the end of the 18th...  more »
  • Open daily this fabulous church is steeped in connections to Charles Dickens and and a must visit for any fan of his work.
  • Cooling has particular connections to Charles Dickens. The marshes and the church being featured in "Great Expectations". A beautiful church overlooking the fascinating and sometimes bleak marshes.

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