John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: John Salmon
A fine 1880s Victorian replacement of an earlier church by a local architect, Gibbs Bartleet. The memorials were saved from the medieval building and are scattered throughout the church. Much of the stained glass is mid 20th century including that seen in the photo above, designed by local artist Thomas Freeth. The church still has some of his unexecuted designs and hopes to complete his work posthumously. The clustered piers of the nave and the huge apse at the east end create a large enough feeling even before one realises that the easternmost arches lead into transepts. The blank-arcaded chancel is perhaps slightly over-rich, as by the 1880s the movement to show the greater importance of this part of the building was no longer necessary
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 630 old church
Morning Attendance: 475
Afternoon Attendance: 300
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Gibbs Bartleet 1885
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