The History of Kent
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St Eanswythe was an Anglo-
Eanswythe's Saint's Day is on 12th September. This is the date when her relics were translated to the new church in 1138. These relics were rediscovered in a small leaden Saxon casket in the north wall of the High Alter Sanctuary in 1885, when work on the present alabaster arcading of the chancel was being undertaken. In 1980 the bones were examined and catalogued by an expert. The conclusion was that they came from one human skeleton, a young female adult aged between 18 & 25 years and about 5'4" in height. This is consistent with Eanswythe's life story, and is therefore, one of the few churches in England that still contains the remains of its patron saint, as the majority of relics had been destroyed at the reformation.
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