St Luke's Church, Chiddingstone Causeway  Church

Image Source: John Vigar


A unique church, designed by John Francis Bentley (1839-1902), architect of the RC Westminster cathedral. A very simple but evocative building of 1897, it is extremely wide for a two-cell church. Bentley was used to designing for the RC liturgy and may have tried slightly too hard when working on this Anglican commission - creating in effect an eighteenth century preaching box in a gothic/arts and crafts type structure. It is possible he didn't fully appreciate what was required and the result is a real oddity - but lovely nonetheless. The panelled walls give the impression of being in a banking hall (Bentley hated brass plaques in churches) with the only real splash of colour coming from the outstanding east window of the Crucifixion.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: Not built

Morning Attendance: Not built

Afternoon Attendance: Not built

Evening Attendance: Not built


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Bentley 1897

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -


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