Spring Lecture – 5 March 2014

The Spring Lecture at Lenham – the Development of Parish Churches in West Kent  –  was given by Sir Paul Britton, previously Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and, until recently, Appointments Secretary to the Prime Minister. Using pictures mainly of West Kent examples, with comparisons and contrasts with churches in Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and the West Country, Sir Paul covered the development from Saxon to 20th century Arts & Crafts with an insight into varying locations of churches versus manor house and village. Highlighting the range of building  materials including ragstone, ashlar, sandstone, flint, brick, recycled Roman tiles etc, he pointed out the different locations of towers –  almost all West but some on the North and South sides of churches progressing later to a Central predominance. We now have a fuller understanding of roof construction and materials  – with views of crown posts and decorated ceilings. Church furnishings were not forgotten – from a font depicting the seven sacraments, to a relatively modern chancel screen and an example of “Chinese Gothic”! Over 50 Friends attended – appreciative of an excellent lecture. Lenham 5 March 2014 Sir Paul Britton and Mary Gibbins and fellow “Friends”- 5 March 2014