John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
A picturesque ensemble if ever there was one, and one which would scream `Victorian` to you if you did not realise that its core is of the 13th century. This is a most interesting building built, no doubt, by people who farmed sheep in this narrow valley, and who used their wealth to create a small simple church with a narrow north aisle. In the north window of the chancel is a very rare survival of early Victorian glass by an unknown artist whose work would rival the best designers of 50 years later. It shows the fishermen with a lovely surreal sea with huges fishes and a newt! One wishes that its history was better recorded. Also in the chancel is the highly decorated piscina, only discovered in 1999, and which is made from a Norman capital - it sits between a sedile and another piscina and creates a strange grouping. A treasure indeed. One window, depicting the Resurrection, is signed by the Maile studio of Canterbury and another has fragments of fifteenth century glass – a reminder that this church was once relatively wealthy.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 160
Morning Attendance: 35
Afternoon Attendance: 80
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: 1889 Drake
Second Restoration: -
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