John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
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This little known church is an absolute gem but being so close to the greats of Sandwich, Ash and Wingham it will probably always be overshadowed. It is a small Norman church extended by the addition of a north aisle and NW tower in the thirteenth century. The arcade is typical of that period. The priest’s stall is fourteenth century and the tale is told of it being made from a boat in which he was shipwrecked! The pulpit is a stunning late 19c design by ES Prior with Voysey-esque linenfold panels. For a small church there is much stained glass of note. The east windows of chancel and aisle are by William Wailes – bright and strident and strongley drawn. In the north aisle is a window by Burlysson and Grylls and an especially fine Nativity scene by Powell’s. Theirs too is the pair of 7c saints in the south wall but something has gone wrong with the proportion and the heads are strangely placed. In the west window is some medieval glass and there is an outstanding medieval roundel of the Lamb of God in the north chancel window. Top all this off with a fine Norman font and you have a church that is worth the effort to make an appointment to visit.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 80
Morning Attendance: No service
Afternoon Attendance: 40E
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Second Restoration: -
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