Church of St Thomas a Becket, Capel, Kent

Address: Church Lane, Capel, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6SX
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A Thomas à Becket connection

Becket himself is said to have preached in this small Norman Wealden church.

The tower was partly rebuilt after a fire in 1639. Inside, the crown-post roof is striking and there are some interesting fittings.

Most significant however, are the extensive Medieval wallpaintings which cover most of the nave, depicting, amongst others, Cain and Abel and Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

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Road directions

4 miles east of Tonbridge off B2017; large car park at rear of church. Follow Historic Church sign either from A228 along Alders Road or B2017 along Church Lane.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Paddock Wood (2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TQ 637 445

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Comments

  1. Ruth Willis (11 Sep 2012, 12:46)

    Always lifts the spirits to visit Capel. Such a warm feeling inside and fascinating wall paintings. Has been host to some interesting (and appropriate) art. Lovely location too - wonderful views.

  2. Mylo (27 Nov 2013, 10:49)

    Just saying that this Church's name is wrong - Thomas Beckett was made into a Saint, there has never been anybody called Thomas a Beckett. This is likely a historical mistake that has been passed down. How embarrassing for your church. I am sure Thomas Beckett would be rolling in his grave at the bastardisation of his sacred name.

  3. Anne-Marie Richards (17 Mar 2014, 21:33)

    I have visited this church on many occasions. Many of my ancestors, going back to the early 1800s, were christened and then married here - and some are buried here too. This will always be a special place for me

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Church of St Thomas a Becket, Capel, Kent

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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.

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.