John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
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One of the few cruciform churches to have been built in Kent in the twelfth century, on the site of, and incorporating fragments of, a Saxon building. Curtains help shut off parts of the church during the winter months. There is a good mass dial by the main door. The Lady Chapel contains the monument to Sir Edwin Sandys and his wife (d. 1629). It is one of the best of its date in Kent and shows the pair in recumbent position hand in hand. Surprisingly the wordy inscription was not added until 1830! The chancel was refitted in the mid-nineteenth century but the east window shows good quality medieval stonework of thirteenth-century date.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 340
Morning Attendance: 135
Afternoon Attendance: 185
Evening Attendance: No service
Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval
Restoration: Bentley 1865
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