John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
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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.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: No return
Morning Attendance: 45
Afternoon Attendance: No service
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Second Restoration: -
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