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The east wall of the churchyard is all that remains of the medieval Palace of the Bishops of Rochester and the size of St John's Church reflects the prestige of its ecclesiastical neighbour. That said, the character of the church is distinctly Victorian - the result of overly-harsh work over a century ago. On first impression the eccentric skeleton clock looks completely out of place, but then we remember that the lane down the side once lead to a popular ferry across the River, and this timepiece had to be visible across the water to those waiting for their passage. The highlight of the church has to be the late brass plaque to Sylvester Dalison, sometime wife of the sixteenth century historian, William Lambarde, who rented the Palace in the late Elizabethan age. She is shown in her bed surrounded by her children. Not an item of beauty, but certainly one of great interest.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 130

Morning Attendance: No service

Afternoon Attendance: 130

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1889 Bensted

Second Restoration: -






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