John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
A good example of a village church surrounded by orchards in this least spoilt part of north Kent. The building consists of an exceptionally tall and proud west tower, nave and chancel with south aisle and chapel. In the north wall of the nave are excellent examples of doors to the rood loft, the top of each doorway having nicely shouldered arches. The most interesting parts of the church are the chancel and chapel. The former contains an excellent altar by Buckeridge and Hoyce (1888) and an east window of German glass by Bayer of Munich, dated 1881. On the south side is the excellent fifteenth-century wooden sedilia of three canopied seats - almost unique in England. It backs on to a contemporary parclose screen that divides the chancel from south chapel which contains two panels of blind Norman arcading and a good east window by Ward and Hughes. In the south aisle is a blocked low side window that probably served a side altar.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 232
Morning Attendance: 87
Afternoon Attendance: 137
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: Stallwood 1875
Second Restoration: -
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