The Church was originally built in 1120 and was dedicated to St Michael. On Christmas Day 1209, it was burnt down but part of the Norman structure was saved. The church was rebuilt between 1220 and 1230 and was then dedicated to St Peter. The weather vane bears the figures of St Michael and St Peter. The bell tower was built later to carry the bell given to St Peter’s to commemorate the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588. The modern extension was built in 1965-6 and was consecrated on 2nd April 1966.
I was married in the old church on 10th April 1948. The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Maley. The reception was held at the Hollywood restaurant, in part of Shipwrights Drive then still unmade.
Our honeymoon was spent at Blyth Hotel in Sevenoaks, Kent. We travelled from Benfleet to Fenchurch Street by steam train and then from Aldgate bus station by coach to Sevenoaks.
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