Forthcoming Visits & Lectures – 2018

Join our organised church visits in the summer and lectures in the winter – please see below.

We visit two or three neighbouring churches on summer afternoons. We arrange local speakers to give us the history of each church and to point out interesting features, and we end with tea organised by the last parish. We meet at the first church listed and members provide their own transport. Please ask if you haven’t got transport; we may be able to help. The 2018 Programme is below.

We now have one forthcoming winter lecture:-

On Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm at Lenham Community Centre by Janet Gough OBE on How to pick a favourite church, a trip through England’s unique heritage

Jane Gough was Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, ChurchCare from 2008 to 2016 where she raised over £90 million in funding for cathedrals and churches.  She launched the Church Days website for visitors and set up with Sustrans the Tower and Spires Cycle Tours linking cathedrals and churches.  Recently she published two Scala paperbacks in their Director’s Choice series on the Cathedrals of the Church of England and Churches of the Church of England.After reading history and the history of art at Cambridge she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Southeby’s for nine years and was a guide at and on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the V & A.  Janet was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Please apply using the FKC application form Winter 2017-18   This was also included in the Autumn 2017 Report. Alternatively, EMail Jill Rutland at with your selection and pay by bank transfer.

To save postage members can choose to have their booking confirmed by email or by telephone, just fill in the appropriate part of the form. If you want tickets sent to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

Paying for FoKC visits by bank transfer?   Please pay to Friends of Kent Churches a/c 00025607 at Nat West Bank, 3 High St, Maidstone ME14 1XU sort code 60-60-08 and let Jill Rutland know which visits you are paying for. EMail  or phone 01732 843248.

The AGM on Saturday 12th May is at St Gregory & St Martin Wye at 14:30 preceded by a visit to St Mary’s, Brook at 14:00. The manager of the Brook Agricultural Museum next door to the church says he’ll try to arrange to open early on that day – more on that later.


Church Visits – Summer 2018 Programme.

Wednesday 13th JuneBiddenden, Benenden and Frittenden

There is evidence of a church being established at Biddenden at the time of the Norman conquest although no reference has been found in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The current church appears to date back to the 13th century and is constructed mainly of local sandstone with some later use of Kentish ragstone and flint.

All Saints Church Biddenden

Wednesday 11th July – Brookland, Old Romney and Ivychurch

Although the present church at Brookland dates back to circa 1250 the dedication to a Saxon saint suggests the presence of an earlier church built by the monks of St Augustine’s Abbey at Canterbury when they were Lords of the Manor of Broke. The famous Kentish spire bell tower which also dates back to circa 1250 and is weather proofed with cedar shingles, stands on the ground adjacent the church probably due to the softness of the ground on which the church was built, evidenced by the church arcades leaning at a perilous angle.











This is the South East Chapel with rare 13th century wall painting depicting the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket above the altar tomb of John Plumber, who as Baron of New Romney Cinque Port attended James 1 at his Coronation.

South East Chapel St Augustines Church Brookland

The Font St Augustine’s Church, Brookland


Brookland’s 12th century lead font is the most important of the thirty lead fonts surviving in this country, and the only one decorated with the signs of the zodiac in ornamental arcading above the occupations of the month, indicating the influence of early calendars which were attached to Psalters.





A Saxon church is believed to have originally occupied the site although the present Old Romney church dates back to the 11th or 12th century, with enlargements carried out in the 13th century; a dedication to St Clements tends to relate to the period of the Dane King Canute.

St Clements Church Old Romney

The Altar Rail; with the tomb of John Deffray, Huguenot Rector of St Clement’s Church who died 1738 in the foreground, and behind the Altar Rail is a communion table and painted wooden boards with the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Commandments.

St Clements Church Old Romney The Altar Rail









The Ten Commandments viewed from the Nave through the south hagioscope.

St Clements Church Old Romney The Ten Commandments Viewed from the Nave












St George’s Church, Ivychurch dates back to the mid 13th century. An Anglo Saxon church may have previously occupied the site since Ivychurch is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the discovery of a piece of Anglo Norman moulding suggests the building of a new church following the Norman conquest. Known as the Cathedral of Romney Marsh, being built to such a grand scale probably due to its connection with the Archbishops of Canterbury.

St Georges Church Ivychurch











St Georges Church Ivychurch South Entrance With Wall Painting Above

South entrance with wall painting above.











St Georges Church Ivychurch Nave Chancel and South Aisle Looking East


Nave, Chancel, and South Aisle looking east.







Wednesday 12th September – Otterden, Stalisfield and Charing


Here are some 2018 Dates for your Diary.

And in June at Borden Church:-