St Martin Of Tours's Church, Chelsfield Church

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Memorable for the height and plainness of its Norman nave. Its west wall displays two blocked Norman windows whilst the south wall has two Norman windows close to its east end. In the south chapel is a lovely hanging monument to Peter Collett who died in 1607. It shows him facing his wife and two daughters across a prie dieu on which is painted gravedigger's spades! The monument has recently been restored and the gilding is very fine indeed. Another monument commemorates Brass Crosby - he is the origin of the saying `As bold as brass` when, as a magistrate, he was ordered to appear before the House of Commons. It is an elegant and charming piece recording many of his positions including `President of the Bridewell and Bethlem Hospitals`. Following war damage, most of the stained glass had to be replaced and the church now contains an interesting selection. One of The Holy Family has an unusual mauve theme set in a swirling background. A window of St Michael commemorates a man killed in the First World War whilst St Faith is extremely conventional in concept.



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Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1857 Nash

Second Restoration: -


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