John E. Vigars Kent Church Photographs
Image Source: Rob Baker
This large stately Victorian church sits proudly on top of a small hill completely dominating the village. It was between 1841-1842 to a design credited to Maidstone based architects "Whichcord and Walker." This partnership was the well established John Whichcord [Senior] with an otherwise unknown associate called Walker. It has been built in a cruciform pattern in Early English style with a north and south transept. The battlemented top of the tower and octagonal stair turret are architectural features of many Kent churches dating back to the 13th century. Interesting that the architects have replicated this design to make this church appear older than it actually is. The interior has an old school house feel about it, but it is a much loved and well-cared for church.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: 500
Morning Attendance: 174
Afternoon Attendance: 237
Evening Attendance: 237
Original Build Date/Architect: John Whichcord 1841
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