St Botolph's Church, Chevening Church

Image Source: John Vigar


The memory which most visitors will take away with them is one of white walls, blue carpet and blocked arches. The nave is exceptionally long but, surprisingly, the south aisle is shorter, leaving one bay of the nave and tower base almost as an appendage at the west end. Along the north and south walls are blocked arches - those in the south aisle obviously tomb recesses, and one still contains a thirteenth-century coffin lid. In the north wall the arches are more interesting. It is possible that they did not lead to a north aisle and were erected purely as a form of wall decoration. The south chapel contains a series of monuments to the Lennards and Stanhopes who lived in neighbouring Chevening House. One peers through the glazed screens to appreciate how many generations of worthies are buried there - represented by a series of monuments, sculptures, hatchments and heraldry. There is some fine modern stained glass in this much-loved church by Moira Forsyth and Keith and Judy Hill.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 270

Morning Attendance: 232

Afternoon Attendance: 180

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1869

Second Restoration: 1902


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