John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
Almost hidden from its busy village street, this is one of the most famous Norman churches in Kent. Noble in its proportions and decorations it may be one of the earliest aisled churches of its date. The arcades have most unusual decoration, and some corbels above them suggest that perhaps a different form of roof was intended. My favourite part of the church is the chancel – long and impressive with dignified not-yet-lancets in the east wall. In the south aisle is a window commemorating three local men who lost their lives in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster with the Kent Invicta symbol in prominent position. To the south of the church is an unusual Mausoleum that appears to contain several different families and to still be in use.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: No return
Morning Attendance: No return
Afternoon Attendance: No return
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Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: Ewan Christian 1864
Second Restoration: -
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