Church Visits – 27 May 2015

Barming, East Farleigh & Linton –27 May 2015 – pictures to follow

Many thanks to Sarah Bracher for leading these visits to village churches south of Maidstone.

The origins of the current church of St Margaret of Antioch, Barming are 12th century with various subsequent amendments.

There is a striking reredos by Comper depicting the arrival of the Magi but the real treasures of the church are the choir stalls.  Thought to be early 14th century Flemish, the bench ends are large independent figures of Samson and the Lion, St Michael slaying the dragon, Christ in Limbo and the Bull of St Luke – two examples are below.

Bell ringers entertained Friends of Kent Churches.

St Mary, East Farleigh overlooks the river Medway and like Barming has a medieval bridge. The church is Saxon and Norman in origin with additions up to 15th century and then restored in the 19th century.  In the early 20th century two reredoses by Powell’s were installed and a window depicting Christ appearing to World War I soldiers.  Nearby is a WWI propeller as a memorial to Captain Walker RFC 1917.

The outside grotesques at East Farleigh contrast with the more benign looking man one watching us inside.

St Nicholas, Linton is notable for its wide range of monuments both in age and design including a 17th century one to the grandparents of Sir John Mayne damaged by the parliamentarians, it has recently been restored.  A slightly later one to Sir Anthony Mayne shows him with his two wives on either side and there are two 19th century monuments depicting  Charles Mann and Laura, Countess Cornwallis who lie on couches as though in bed.

Beyond the altar.