John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
This town centre church is famous as the burial place of Princess Pocahontas, but her actual grave is unknown. Built in the early eighteenth century after its medieval predecessor was destroyed by fire, the church still retains many of its original features. The north aisle was added in the 19th century and its rather rumbustuous arcade of polished marble is either `out of character` or `a stunning contrast`, depending on your point of view. The west galley, unlike its north and south counterparts, survives, but the odd arrangement of windows on the south side, built to serve a galleried interior, is not quite successful. The stained glass varies in quality, some of the best being the Heaton Butler and Bayne windows in the lower south wall. All in all a lovely and well used church with unexpected touches. Do try to visit it.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 860
Morning Attendance: 615
Afternoon Attendance: 208
Evening Attendance: 615
Original Build Date/Architect: Sloane 1731
Second Restoration: -
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