St Margaret's Church, Womenswold  Church

Image Source: John Vigar

 

Coming into Womenswold is almost like visiting a miniature village. Houses hem in the church and the view from the approach road is completely filled by flint wall. The church is mostly thirteenth century - full of lancets - but remodelled in the late medieval period and again by the Victorians. The nave north wall has no windows and displays three impressive memorials including one by Sir Robert Taylor. In the chancel are two tomb recesses - the north one still has its original thirteenth century coffin lid with Lombardic script whilst the southern one was messed about with in the nineteenth century when its coffin lid was moved a few feet to the west and hidden under the choir stalls. It has recently been uncovered again. Behind the altar is a lovely tin inscription plate whilst below it is some nineteenth century stencilling that would have looked good through the legs of the altar. The sedilia and piscina have all been recut by the Victorians. The pulpit hangs over its stone bases almost like the prow of a ship whilst the font has a row of very lively encaustic tiles around its base. All in all a lovely and well cared for church.

 

 

Church Data

 

1851 Census Details

 

Seating Capacity: 178

Morning Attendance: 101

Afternoon Attendance: 136

Evening Attendance: No service

 

Architecture Details

 

Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: -

Second Restoration: -

 

Website

 

http://www.barhamdownschurches.org.uk

 

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