St John The Baptist's Church, Smallhythe Church

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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.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 150

Morning Attendance: No service

Afternoon Attendance: 48

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -


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