John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: 1890s postcard
The church stands intimately on a right-hand bend of the road. It is an extremely simple building of solid twelfth- and thirteenth-century construction. The chancel was rebuilt during the latter period. There is a small south porch which shields a doorway on which are carved many so-called Crusaders' Crosses. Like many churches in east Kent Stodmarsh was restored in the 1880s and the roofs of both nave and chancel show this to unfortunate effect. Apart from that the church is a delight. There is a plain Rood Screen on a stone base which is well set off against the cream washed walls of the chancel. At the west end the bell turret is supported internally by a huge X-shaped brace, which is a unique feature in Kent, and far more functional than pretty.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 100
Morning Attendance: No service
Afternoon Attendance: 45
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: Cowell and Bromley 1888
Second Restoration: -
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