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Built of brick in 1516 after a large fire destroyed the whole village, Smallhythe church is a simple rectangular box, rather taller than it need be, its exterior height emphasised by the crow-stepped gables that rise in ten steps. The west wall has a little image niche under the gable. The interior is as plain as the exterior and has a wooden chancel screen and nicely tiled floor. Yet the church receives numerous visitors on the strength of its associations with Dame Ellen Terry, the actress, who lived at nearby Smallhythe Place which is open to the public. Without the fame of this former resident and the dedication of its congregation, this church might not have such an assured future.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 150
Morning Attendance: No service
Afternoon Attendance: 48
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Second Restoration: -
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