John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: 1910 postcard
In the Middle Ages Chislehurst was a small village whose manor house - Scadbury - was home to the powerful Walsingham family. Their influence and that of their followers may be found throughout this charming church. Sir Edward Walsingham's tomb chest (1549) dominates the Scadbury Chapel on the north side of the nave. Nearby is an excellent mural monument to Lord Thomas Bertie (d. 1749) designed by Cheere which shows a naval battle in full swing. The village was home to some prosperous residents in the nineteenth century, and as a result the church contains much work of this period. The ornate reredos was designed by Bodley in 1896. There are several windows by Kempe and his firm, together with some good quality postwar glass to replace that damaged by bombs. In the large and well-kept churchyard is the grave of a local builder, William Willett (1856-1915), who proposed 'daylight saving' or English Summer Time.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 504
Morning Attendance: 381
Afternoon Attendance: 265
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Second Restoration: 1857 Ferrey
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