John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Famous as the burial place of Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, it stands in a steep churchyard next to the village school. The views from here are tremendous. The church itself is delightfully cared for and open daily, though as a building it is rather disappointing. The 1840s was a decade too early for ecclesiologically correct buildings, so - like Kilndown - we must try to put the church in its correct historical context and enjoy it for what it is. The square headed windows and hammer beam roof would seem out of place ten years later, but help to give the church its unique character. The spiky reredos is a god example of its type whilst the later chancel screen allows a clear view to the altar.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: No return
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Original Build Date/Architect: 1842
Second Restoration: -
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