All Saints' Church, West Stourmouth, Kent

Address: Church Lane, West Stourmouth, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1HT
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm
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A Saxon survivor in the Garden of England.

This picture-postcard church stands hidden by trees in a delightful setting by the Little Stour.

When visiting, you first see the small spire and bell tower then the beautiful flint, ragstone and brick body of the church. There is strong evidence of Saxon origins but many alterations have left traces from most of the centuries since.

Inside, the church is furnished with box pews, some with beautiful carving, a 17th-century pulpit and a handsome organ, still showing the original pumping lever.

The attractive tiled flooring contains three interesting memorial stones.

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Road directions

4 miles north of Wingham, off B2046. Follow Historic Church signs from A28 at Upstreet along Grove Ferry Road, Stourmouth Road, Preston Road and Church Lane.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Minster (5 miles). Bus route numbers 51, 622

OS Reference No.

TR 256 628

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

PDF iconA walk round guide for All Saints' Church, West Stourmouth (PDF, 1.2mb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconKent County Guide (PDF, 4.75mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Kent. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Peter (29 Jul 2012, 19:37)

    This little church is proably the most lovely ecclesiastical building that I have ever visited. It's simplicity and raw beauty is stunning. You can literally feel the history coming through the air. I could be biased as it is also the marriage place of my 6g grandparents in the 18th Centruy - that was the reason for my visit. Nonetheless, I would recommend this wonderful building to anyone with an interest in matters historical or spiritual.
    Such a shame that when my sister visited at about midday today, Sunday 29/7/12, the building was closed due to vandalism. Very sad.

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Community information for All Saints' Church, West Stourmouth

 

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All Saints' Church, West Stourmouth, Kent

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Access from the pavement is stepped, with an inclined grass path and single step into church and further steps to the choir and altar.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.