/ The Tin Church: St Saviour's, Faversham
St Saviour's Church
, known as the Tin Church, is located in Whitstable Road and was built in or soon after 1885.
It is a listed building. It was a daughter church of St Mary of Charity, intended doubtless to cater for the needs of people living in the Cyprus Road area.
Though churches of this type are usually known (almost jocularly) as tin churches, they consist of a softwood frame clad in corrugated iron.
The gauge of the corrugated iron is much thicker than the variety you sometimes see used for garage and shed roofs.
It was also given a much more generous coating of zinc plating than the thinner-gauge stuff and will last for ever if properly cared for.
Churches of this type were prefabricated (indeed mass-produced) at factories in London and elsewhere, then erected on site from a ‘kit of parts’.
Lots were exported to what were then the colonies and if you go to New Zealand you will see lots there - very similar to the one in Whitstable Road.
There used to be lots in the UK, too, but so many have been destroyed they are now quite rare, which is one reason why the Whitstable Road church (dedicated to St Saviour) is listed.