St John The Evangelist's Church, Kingsdown  Church

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An atmospheric church - and one of the best kept in Kent. It may not be the best example of Victorian architecture but this single cell ragstone church with views across the channel is one of East Kent's undiscovered gems. The product of a single benefactor, William Curling, and built in 1853, it is all a church of the period required it to be. To either side of the altar are the Lord's Prayer and Decalogue - still a legal requirement in 1853 - whilst there is no chancel arch. These were only just becoming fashionable following the work of the Camden Society. The stained glass in the numerous decorated windows is not all of the date of the church. Generally speaking it improves the later its gets. There is a fine two light window opposite the door by C E Kempe and co (St Peter and St Paul) whilst in the NW Corner is a window made by Powell's and designed by Gerald Smith. Curling`s monument says that `this church will ever form his noblest monument`. Open daily and a wonderful place for contemplation indeed it will.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 350

Morning Attendance: 110

Afternoon Attendance: 130

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Hay

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

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