St Mary Magdalene's Church, Longfield  Church

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.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 160

Morning Attendance: 35

Afternoon Attendance: 80

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1889 Drake

Second Restoration: -

 

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