St James's Church, Egerton Church

Image Source: John Vigar


Dominating its sandstone ridge when viewed from the north, St James Church must always have attracted visitors. Its tower is fifteenth century but this is attached to an earlier building which may probably have been thirteenth century. There are some windows of this date but the stonework has been so renewed that it is impossible to tell if they are copies of the originals. Originally dedicated to Our Lady the church was later rededicated to St James. The most important thing in the church is the oldest 36-branch chandelier in the world originally in All Saints Church Maidstone but given to this church in 1856. The font has the symbols of the evangelists as well as Tudor roses. The latter is quite a local feature and can be seen in the porch at Charing, too. The east window showing the Crucifixion (by Bacon) dominates the chancel whilst the bronze cross and candlesticks were designed by the notable church furnisher Randoll Blaking.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 550

Morning Attendance: 187

Afternoon Attendance: 328

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: Joseph Clarke 1854

Second Restoration: Christian 1887









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