All Saints, Foots Cray  Church

Image Source: John Vigar

 

A charmer if ever there was one. In a lovely rural position, yet close to suburbia, the church is medieval but much remodelled by Henry Hakewill in the mid nineteenth century. It contains a plethora of items from a medieval female effigy to 18th paintings of Aaron and Moses - once common in churches and now rarely found. The clergy desk has parts of the medieval Rood Screen set into it whilst the door to the pulpit is all the remains from the 17th century altar rails. To the north of the nave is a chapel built in the late 13th century by the Vaughan family. It has the character of a church in itself. Fine Victorian stained glass includes some by Willement (see also Goodnestone) and O` Connor. The chancel arch is rather fun in its Victorian approach - two tiny polished marble columns spring from corbels but do not actually support anything except a flat bit of stencilled wall! Above the arch, facing the nave, is a further piece of stencilling depicting Christ in majesty in a grand mandorla. Towards the west end is the woodwork supporting what is now a central spire - and dire warnings tell you not to try to pass this point when the bells are being run. It is easy to understand why!

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 180

Morning Attendance: No service

Afternoon Attendance: No service

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1863 Hakewill

Second Restoration: -

 

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