St Martin's Church, Detling Church

Image Source: John Salmon


A sweet little church on the edge of the village, unfortunately within earshot of the busy A249. Built of ragstone its main character is that of the early nineteenth century with its sturdy box pews, prickly reredos and pattern-book pulpit. There is a fine gothick memorial on the south side of the chancel. However, the pride of the church is undoubtedly the lectern, one of the earliest wooden examples in the county. It has four reading sides and swivels on its base. The local story that it comes from nearby Boxley Abbey is not improbable. It is old enough and close enough and is almost certainly too grand for the building it's now in.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 127

Morning Attendance: 100

Afternoon Attendance: 95

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: R C Hussey 1861

Second Restoration:









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