St John The Baptist's Church, Meopham  Church

Image Source: John Salmon

 

A large fourteenth-century church with a regularity of detail that tells of much nineteenth-century replacement. The tall octagonal piers of the five-bay arcade are capped by a pretty clerestory of small quatrefoils. The wooden pulpit was made for St Margaret's, Westminster, in 1682 and brought here in 1800 by the then vicar who taught at Westminster School. It has charming cherubs' heads, cockle shells and festoons and could go a long way to enlivening a dull sermon! The former chantry chapel of Simon de Mepham (1272-1333), Archbishop of Canterbury, and a fourteenth-century political pawn, is linked to the chancel by an iron-grilled window.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: No return

Morning Attendance: 50

Afternoon Attendance: 130

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: medieval

Restoration: 1859

Second Restoration: -

 

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