John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
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Who would have thought that 150 years ago the picturesque church perched high above the River Medway was the scene of fierce dissent over ritualistic practices? The church was one of the first in the country to have a robed choir. The sunken path from the south shows how much the ground level has risen over the centuries and leads to a porch with a fine parvise. Although the church has been rather heavily restored it contains much of interest. Of special note is the Tudor font cover which sits on a fourteenth century font. The chancel and south chapel were both embellished by the firm of Powell's and much glass and wall decoration is by them. They created a rich focus for Eucharistic worship as a contrast to the rather plain nave and aisles. The south chancel window, with WW1 scenes is a fine example of their work.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 550
Morning Attendance: 380
Afternoon Attendance: 500
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: 1891 John Loughborough Pearson
Second Restoration: -
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