John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
A large and light building by Micklethwaite opened in 1900. He had a rare notion of how a church should look and wrote a wonderfully quirky book putting down his views (Modern Parish Churches). He didn't believe in symbolism of medieval churches and thought function far more important. The walls are brick (since painted) relieved only by wooden dado panelling. My favourite piece of furniture is the font made of fossil-rich Frosterley marble with an amazing bronze cover - but there is far more of interest including two huge angel musicians designed by Bodley which came here in 1952 and were set up either side of the east window. The window itself was designed by Christopher Whall is particularly fine. The Lady Chapel has an altar with a fine reredos with painted panels by Tristram who was responsible for so much restoration of medieval painting in the county. It is set in a frame designed by A G Wallace. The aumbry nearby was built as a piscina but converted into an aumbry as a memorial to Fr Hankey who is shown kneeling at the foot of the cross in a panel above the aumbry door which has wonderfully curvy angels holding it.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: Not built
Morning Attendance: Not built
Afternoon Attendance: Not built
Evening Attendance: Not built
Original Build Date/Architect: Micklethwaite 1891
Second Restoration: -
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