St Martin's Church, Great Mongeham  Church

Image Source: John Salmon

 

Hidden away from the road that rushes through the village, this is a tour de force of thirteenth century architecture. Narrow piers lead to aisles cut from the Norman church. At the west end is a small glass panel of SS Peter and Paul – opinion is divided about its age, but I feel that it is probably 17th or 18th century German. Its setting by Powell’s is delightful. The church was restored by William Butterfield and much of the interior is his – the pulpit, north and south chancel walls, choir stalls, altar rails and tiles. As an ensemble it is one of the finest in Kent and at the present time (Autumn 2008) is threatened with drastic reordering. Butterfield`s chancel screen has already disappeared, together with its highly-praised wrought iron gates. In the north chapel is a standard early 17th century prie-Dieu monument. However, on the outer wall of the tower is a memorial to Robert Maynard the man who captured Blackbeard the pirate in Carolina. Surprisingly the monument does not mention what was undoubtedly his greatest hour! That’s Life!

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 230

Morning Attendance: 121

Afternoon Attendance: 136

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: William Butterfield 1851

Second Restoration: -

 

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