St Paul's Church, Four Elms Church

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A real oddity - built in 1881 of concrete faced in sandstone, Edwin Hall better known as the architect of Liberty's London store designed St Paul's church. It is a showpiece Victorian church in many ways - a long and light interior full of interest. The baptistery contains fine font paid for by the children of the parish; behind it is an excellent twentieth century window replacing one destroyed in the war. The nave has three Opus Sectile panels of Faith, Hope and Good Shepherd made by Powell's. Dividing nave and chancel is a screen designed by William Lethaby, the famous Arts and Crafts protagonist. He also designed the church's treasure - the reredos. This is carved in Torquay Marble and represents The Adoration of the Magi. A finer example of Lethaby`s work could not be found in Kent, although perhaps its scale (it is wider than the altar) is not quite right!

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: Not built

Morning Attendance: Not built

Afternoon Attendance: Not built

Evening Attendance: Not built

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Hall 1880

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

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