As we enter the Lady Chapel, on your right you will see a statue of St. Joseph, the carpenter, Step-Father and Guardian of our Lord, with the Young Jesus. This is a good place to light a candle in prayer for fathers, workers and families.
Next to St. Joseph on the right, almost hidden under the Hymn Board is a Wyvern - a small dragon. Most of the columns and stonework in St. Peter's is quite plain but on this column the stonemason clearly had some fun!
Around the column to the left of St. Joseph, on the right of the Chapel, is a beautiful rendition of a Renaissance painting of Our Lady Mary, with the infant Jesus and St. John the Baptist. This forms the memorial to Robert Hugh Ridsdale, son of the first Incumbent of St. Peter's Church, who was killed in the fighting of the First World War, on June 4th 1916. In front of this memorial, is our Book of Remembrance, where many of our former Parishioners are recorded and remembered on the anniversary of their passing.
Opposite to the Book of Remembrance, on the left of the Chapel, stands the statue of Our Lady of the Nativity, with Mary holding the infant Jesus, who reaches out in blessing. There is a prayer kneeler here for anyone who wishes to say prayers to God with the help of our Lady. You will also find Rosary Beads, if you wish to say the Rosary. It is here, in this quiet corner of prayer, that many visitors and congregation members light a candle in prayer.
Straight ahead of you lies the altar of the Lady Chapel. Set in the panelling at the centre of the altar, is an image of Our Lady of Walsingham. Walsingham is the small Norfolk village where Our Lady appeared in Saxon times. It is one of the most visited and venerated Christian shrines in the United Kingdom. Pilgrims still make their way there from all over the world, today. The decorative oak panelling which surrounds the altar was given from the estate of Marian Philips in 1890. A memorial plaque lies to the left of the altar. This altar is often used for Low Mass during the week.
To the right of the altar, hangs an historic Church banner of silk, showing our Patron, St. Peter. This banner was used in many Church parades, such as Blessing of the Fisheries, until it had to be laid up for reasons of conservation.
A number of memorial plaques surround the Lady Chapel Altar, including some brass memorials in the floor. There is one to Sister Elizabeth, of the Sisterhood of St John the Baptist, Clewer, (‘the Clewer Nuns’). The nuns served in St. Andrew's Nursing Home or in St. Saviour's Priory up to the start of the Second World War, when they were evacuated with the rest of the Town. The nuns never returned and Folkestone is the poorer for it. There is also a brass memorial to Edward Finlay and to William Birch, a previous Sacristan of the Church. Along with the memorial to Marian Philips and to Joseph Shipley, formerly an Assistant Priest in the Church and you will see that the Lady Chapel is a popular place to be remembered before God
You will also find around the Lady Chapel several other images of our Lady, including a beautiful icon of Our Lady, just next to the door into the Sacristy.You are not allowed into the Sacristy, as this is a private area for the Priests and Servers of the Church to change etc. However, perhaps the most beautiful image of our Lady is to be found in the North Transept Window, with what remains of the original stained glass (after war damage) of the window dedicated to Our Lady, with the wonderful first words of the Magnificat, the canticle, or Hymn of Praise given by Mary to God: "My Soul doth magnify the Lord"
As you leave the Lady Chapel and move to your right, towards the main body of the Church, please notice on your right, above the piano, the memorial to Father Ridsdale, first and much loved Vicar of this Parish. The Ridsdale Trust was set up in his memory to help to look after the Church, for which he gave so much.