St Margaret's Church, Darenth  Church

Image Source: John Salmon

 

An engaging little church with much evidence of Saxon work in its nave walls which are rich in re-used Roman tiles. A double splayed window may be seen over the north door. The chancel was built in the Norman period and there is a good hagioscope from the end of the south aisle to the High Altar. Fittings include Royal Arms of Charles II and a delightfully carved Norman font with a picture of a priest literally `dunking` a baby into it! A parish room built onto the south side of the church in 1970 means that the building is used throughout the week. The following is a link to a picture essay written by Julianna Lee, on the subject of the font at Darenth: http://www.green-man-of-cercles.org/articles/darenth_font_commentary.pdf .

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 204

Morning Attendance: 70

Afternoon Attendance: 106

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1866 Burges

Second Restoration: -

 

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