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Churches - Kent

Dave Godden | St Mary Hunton

St Mary Hunton

A low lying country church in a small village of only 233 homes St Mary's at Hunton is a few miles outside of the county town of Maidstone in Kent UK. The church was begun in the late 11th or 12th century and was restored in 1876 by Ewan Christian. The churchyard contains many listed headstones and tombs. Painterly effect added to enhance the image
Dave Godden | St James Bicknor

St James Bicknor

This remote Norman church lies, almost forgotten, among the narrow narrow lanes of the North Downs near Sittingbourne in Kent UK. Here seen with the blooms of spring flowers in the churchyard.
Dave Godden | Charing Church

Charing Church

Viewed across Church Meadow this is St Peter and St Pauls church at Charing near Ashford in Kent UK on a sunny day with skies dominated by clouds threatening rain.
Dave Godden | St Pancras Coldred

St Pancras Coldred

The tiny medieval parish church of St Pancras at Coldred near Dover in the UK stands within the bounds of a circular medieval earthwork.
Dave Godden | All Saints Wittersham

All Saints Wittersham

The medieval church of All Saints at Wittersham in Kent UK stands sentinel over the border with East Sussex and the marshes of Romney Marsh seen here under moody cloudy skies with peeks of sun.
Dave Godden | St Mary The Virgin Ebony

St Mary The Virgin Ebony

More accurately located at the hamlet of Reading Street near Tenterden, the church was originally built by the Saxons on an island called now known as Chapel Bank in the River Rother estuary to serve the nearby port of Smallhythe. Over the centuries the river’s course was altered and the island became part of the mainland and the port moved to the coast. After lightning and fire the remains of the church were moved by the Victorians and restored.
Dave Godden | St Mary Rolvenden

St Mary Rolvenden

The medieval parish church of St Mary at Rolvenden in Kent UK
Dave Godden | St Mary's Church Stone In Oxney

St Mary's Church Stone In Oxney

Stone church must be fairly unique in possessing, preserved inside a sizeable Roman altar. This very rural church can be a little hard to find around the narrow lanes on the old Saxon shore of Kent in the UK but is worth seeking out. It is accompanied here by the silhouette of a soldier for Remembrance Day.
Dave Godden | Twilight at Fairfield Church

Twilight at Fairfield Church

The church of St Thomas Becket at Fairfield on Walland Marsh part of the Romney Marsh in Kent UK, stands as it has for centuries surrounded by water and sheep in a silent idyll. I had originally got there for sunset but as can be seen the cloud cover saw the end of that but created a lovely blue hue across the landscape.
Dave Godden | Fairfield Church Long Exposure

Fairfield Church Long Exposure

The church of St Thomas Becket at Fairfield on Walland Marsh part of the Romney Marsh in Kent UK, stands as it has for centuries surrounded by water and sheep in a silent idyll. A very windy day that was blowing the clouds across the sky and causing ripples in the ditches smoothed out by a long exposure although I did have to hang onto the tripod!
Dave Godden | St Margaret Bethersden

St Margaret Bethersden

The medieval parish church of St Margaret at Bethersden in Kent UK
Dave Godden | St Margaret Bethersden

St Margaret Bethersden

The medieval parish church of St Margaret at Bethersden in Kent UK among its sloping headstones.
Dave Godden | St Margaret Bethersden

St Margaret Bethersden

The medieval parish church of St Margaret at Bethersden in Kent UK among its sloping headstones.
Dave Godden | St Mary Reculver

St Mary Reculver

The originally Saxon and latterly Norman church of St Mary at Reculver on the North Kent coast was on the verge of being lost to the sea when it was pulled down by controversial vote in the 1800's. The towers and a few other parts remained as a navigation aid to shipping.
Dave Godden | St Mary Reculver

St Mary Reculver

The originally Saxon and latterly Norman church of St Mary at Reculver on the North Kent coast was on the verge of being lost to the sea when it was pulled down by controversial vote in the 1800's. The towers and a few other parts remained as a navigation aid to shipping.
Dave Godden | St Mary Reculver

St Mary Reculver

The originally Saxon and latterly Norman church of St Mary at Reculver on the North Kent coast was on the verge of being lost to the sea when it was pulled down by controversial vote in the 1800's. The towers and a few other parts remained as a navigation aid to shipping.
Dave Godden | St Peter and St Paul Boughton-Under-Blean

St Peter and St Paul Boughton-Under-Blean

At the top of a rise along a narrow lane away from its village lies the medieval parish church of St Peter and St Paul at Boughton-Under-Blean between Faversham and Canterbury in Kent, UK.
Dave Godden | St Mary Chillenden

St Mary Chillenden

Amid the tranquillity of the farmland and hills and valleys of Kent's North Down hills lies the small settlement of Chillenden with this tiny medieval church of St Mary.
Dave Godden | St Peter and St Paul Boughton-Under-Blean

St Peter and St Paul Boughton-Under-Blean

At the top of a rise along a narrow lane away from its village lies the medieval parish church of St Peter and St Paul at Boughton-Under-Blean between Faversham and Canterbury in Kent, UK.
Dave Godden | St Margaret Of Antioch Lower Halstow

St Margaret Of Antioch Lower Halstow

Right on the edge of the North Kent Marshes by a narrow inlet and wharf is the ancient church and overlooking cottages of St Margaret of Antioch at Lower Halstow.
Dave Godden | The Ruins of St Mary Reculver

The Ruins of St Mary Reculver

The remains of the Norman church of St Mary on the cliffs at Reculver in Kent UK as a storm raged around.
Dave Godden | St Giles Tonge

St Giles Tonge

The 12th century parish church of St Giles at Tonge near Sittingbourne in Kent, UK. In 2020 it is currently on Heritage Englands At Risk register due to it's general state of disrepair and a large crack down the East wall and through the East window.
Dave Godden | St Nicholas Rodmersham

St Nicholas Rodmersham

The medieval parish church of St Nicholas at Rodmersham on the North Downs near Faversham in Kent, UK.
Dave Godden | St Catherine Kingsdown

St Catherine Kingsdown

Now separated from its village by a motorway the disused church of St Catherine at Kingsdown near Faversham in Kent was a rare parish church design by E W Pugin replacing the medieval church on the same site. It is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Dave Godden | St Peter and St Paul Ospringe

St Peter and St Paul Ospringe

St Peter and St Paul Ospringe near Faversham in Kent UK is a large medieval church restored in the 19th Century when the Bier House was also built over the road which now looks suitably overgrown in it's own right.
Dave Godden | St Rumwold Bonnington

St Rumwold Bonnington

On the edge of the Romney Marshes in Kent sits a small simple church away from its village amongst open fields. This is the parish church of St Rumwold at Bonnington.
Dave Godden | St Rumwold Bonnington

St Rumwold Bonnington

On the edge of the Romney Marshes in Kent sits a small simple church away from its village amongst open fields. This is the parish church of St Rumwold at Bonnington.
Dave Godden | Fairfield Church Long Exposure

Fairfield Church Long Exposure

The church of St Thomas Becket at Fairfield on Walland Marsh part of the Romney Marsh in Kent UK, stands as it has for centuries surrounded by water and sheep in a silent idyll. A very windy day that was blowing the clouds across the sky and causing ripples in the ditches smoothed out by a long exposure although I did have to hang onto the tripod!
Dave Godden | All Saints Church and Collegiate Buildings

All Saints Church and Collegiate Buildings

All Saints Church Maidstone was built in the 14th century as a collegiate church ad many of the original buildings exist around it still. This view looking west shows the SW tower of the church on the right and associated buildings on the left.
Dave Godden | St Anthony Alkham

St Anthony Alkham

Along the Alkham Valley Road, which runs from a junction with the A260 near Hawkinge eastwards towards Kearsney on the outskirts of Dover, is the village of Alkham with its magnificent medieval church set on a hillside overlooking the village. It is thought that there was once a pagan temple here, replaced by a church after the arrival of St Augustine.
Dave Godden | St Mary Newington

St Mary Newington

Sunset at the ancient parish church of St Mary at Newington near Hythe in Kent, UK
Dave Godden | St Mary Newington

St Mary Newington

Sunset at the ancient parish church of St Mary at Newington near Hythe in Kent, UK
Dave Godden | St Mary Little Chart

St Mary Little Chart

The medieval church of St Mary at Little Chart near Ashford in Kent UK. The ivy clad ruins are what is now left after a thriving parish church was struck by a V1 German rocket bomb during 1944. Older memorials are now in Egerton church and a more modern church was built nearer the current centre of the village.
Dave Godden | St Mary Little Chart

St Mary Little Chart

The medieval church of St Mary at Little Chart near Ashford in Kent UK. The ivy clad ruins are what is now left after a thriving parish church was struck by a V1 German rocket bomb during 1944. Older memorials are now in Egerton church and a more modern church was built nearer the current centre of the village.
Dave Godden | Penshurst Church

Penshurst Church

The yellow sandstone historic church of St John The Baptist in the beautiful historically preserved village of Penshurst in Kent UK. Nest door the Old Rectory,
Dave Godden | St Mary Hunton

St Mary Hunton

The medieval church of St Mary in the village of Hunton near Maidstone in Kent UK.
Dave Godden | St Mary The Virgin Westwell

St Mary The Virgin Westwell

A church at Westwell near Ashford in Kent, dating from Saxon times is recorded in documents held at Canterbury Cathedral library. Archbishop Aelfric bequeathed Westwell manor and church to Christ Church, Canterbury in 1005, and Archbishop Lanfranc confirmed this in 1070.
Dave Godden | St Mary The Virgin Westwell

St Mary The Virgin Westwell

A church at Westwell near Ashford in Kent, dating from Saxon times is recorded in documents held at Canterbury Cathedral library. Archbishop Aelfric bequeathed Westwell manor and church to Christ Church, Canterbury in 1005, and Archbishop Lanfranc confirmed this in 1070.