John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
The church stands in the centre of a picturesque village although all the buildings have their back to their venerable neighbour. It is Saxon in origin, as indicated by the double splayed window over the north arcade, and contains several interesting features from various periods. An excellent effigy of Henry de Cobham (d. 1315) sits on a nineteenth-century plinth in the south chancel chapel. He is shown as a cross-legged knight with his feet on a crouched leopard and his head on a helmet. Behind him stands a good fifteenth-century parclose screen while the rood screen has medieval work at its base and a late nineteenth-century top. There is an interesting fifteenth-century font with a variety of symbols including a smooth Agnus Dei sheep, possibly a medieval joke on the place name, Shorne. Nearby is a good early twentieth century window by a local artist in a fully-flowing Arts and Crafts idiom.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 400
Morning Attendance: 242
Afternoon Attendance: 160
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: 1874 Wyatt
Second Restoration: -
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