St Margaret's Church, Ifield  Church

Image Source: John Vigar

 

A sweet little church that would be at home in New England with its white clapper boarded spire. The trim churchyard also has a `plantation` feeling until one hits the huge Colyer-Fergusson plot at the east end. It is almost unbelievable that one is just a few hundred yards from the high speed rail link and buzzing A2. The church is Norman in origin but all is covered externally by depressing pebbledash. Inside, the church is dominated by its west gallery with rather squashed organ and by the impressive stained glass of the east window of the 1850s. One only wishes to know the name of the designer. The 1970s window by Powell’s in the south chancel is really rather fine - in bold brush strokes by Brian Thomas. Its centrepiece is Ifield Church with Rochester Cathedral behind. It is by far a more endearing window than the 1950s effort in the south nave – figures set into a white background as was the fashion of the time…. its designer was C T Smedley who lived at nearby Meopham where you can see another of his windows.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: No return

Morning Attendance: 45

Afternoon Attendance: No service

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1838

Second Restoration: -

 

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