This afternoon, visits to three “Mary” churches very near Ashford – one urban, one near the railway to France and one rather rural with a splendid view. Each was close to a Court Lodge. Many thanks to Richard Latham for organising the visits, keeping us to time with the assistance of his coaching horn and providing very straightforward directions.
The window on the west wall of the nave, in thanksgiving “for preserving the life” of Captain Graham Harry Wyndham Green MC who served through the Great War, has a coat of arms of the Seaforth Highlanders with “Cuidich ’n Righ”. This translates to Aid the King – the first time I have seen Scots Gaelic in a Kentish church.
In the chancel there is an overlarge, alabaster monument (pictured below) of 1632 of Robert Edolph and his wife dressed in Jacobean costumes. During the time of Cromwell the monument was covered in plaster and only rediscovered when the plaster cracked.
St Mary the Virgin, Willesborough
A church with Saxon origins is assumed from the thin-ness (only 2ft 7in) of the sixteen westernmost feet of the south wall; otherwise there is a Victorian exterior with an extension – the North arcade being an exact copy of the 13th century South.
A fine selection of glass from early 14th century to Victorian. The examples below are 15th century.
St Mary, Sevington
Dating from the 13th century, made from ragstone (that is local to Sevington) this was a really rural church now with the M20 and high speed railway providing background noise. However, still in a lovely setting in a meadow.
If we did not know already, we now know what a “cat slide” roof looks like – see above.
Friends enjoying a grand day out – contrast with the face below!
This section of stained glass (below) at Sevington is partly “miscellaneous” – omnium gatherum! Is that a face right in the middle?