St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth   Church

Image Source: John Vigar

 

Another typical Kent two-cell church built of flint rubble. Of mid-Norman date it served a manor house and adjoining agricultural settlement which declined in the mid-seventeenth century when the lord of the manor moved elsewhere. Some windows were replaced in the thirteenth century when the present chancel arch with its funny-face headstops was constructed. The aumbry in the south wall of the nave is formed of chalk blocks which are visible outside, showing the relative thin-ness of the Norman walls. At the back of the church is a fine medieval wooden screen brought from elsewhere and formed into a gallery. For much of its history this church was used as both barn and cottage, and it is now cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: Not used at time

Morning Attendance: Not used at time

Afternoon Attendance: Not used at time

Evening Attendance: Not used at time

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

Notes

 

The Churches Conservation Trust

 

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