John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
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Here is a church which really shows its Saxon origins, the south chancel wall displaying the tell-tale herringbone masonry executed in part in salvaged Roman tile. The chancel arch and north and south arcades date from the thirteenth century and are simple cut-throughs, with plain piers between. The chancel has internal wall arcading with Bethersden marble shafts. Above the chancel arch hangs a George III Royal Arms while below it can be seen the notches where the rood beam was originally supported. The metal font - of twelfth-century date - is of cast lead with a king and an angel on each of its ten sides. It was discovered in 1921 hidden under plaster. There are the remains of some unclear fourteenth-century wall paintings and a very interesting piece of graffiti - a Persian beast with the head of a man, body of a lion, mane of quills and sting of a scorpion! This can be found on the south nave arcade.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 190
Morning Attendance: 100
Afternoon Attendance: No service
Evening Attendance: 131
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: Caroe 1913
Second Restoration: -
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