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History of St Mary’s Bay

Jefferstone became known as St Mary’s Bay, with the outbreak of WWI and the creation of an emergency landing strip. In the 1920’s, it developed as a popular seaside resort, with the building of both holiday and residential homes. Following WWII, a number of holiday camps and later caravan sites emerged.


Until the 1930’s a local garage, held weekly services as no church existed. In 1938, parishioner built a new church of modern design, dedicated to All Saints. With the church came the creation of the St Mary’s Bay parish.


St Mary’s Bay railway station opened on 16 July 1927, on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway’s line from Hythe to Dungeness. Although, undergoing various name changes it reverted to St Mary’s Bay in 2000.