St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth, Kent

Address: Paddlesworth Road, Paddlesworth, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5DR
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm
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A 900-year-old Pilgrim church

On the Pilgrim’s Way below the trees that crown the North Downs, this 900-year-old tiny building sits close to an 18th-century red-brick farmhouse and its barns.

For centuries the pilgrims must have passed the church on their way to the Medway crossing from Snodland to Burham, but in 1678 it was abandoned and for 250 years was unused for religious purposes.

It is made up of two simple rooms – a chancel and nave and it still has the aura of a Norman place of prayer.

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To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

1 mile west of Snodland off A228. Follow Historic Church signs in Snodland on Constitution Hill along Paddlesworth Road.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Snodland (1.2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TQ 684 621

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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 iconKent County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

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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Comments

  1. Ruth Willis (11 Sep 2012, 12:23)

    An unusual and charming church, with a peaceful interior atmosphere. The setting is in quiet farming countryside. Felt very special to tread in the footsteps of pilgrims who have stopped and worshipped here for so many centuries.

  2. michael rankin (09 Jun 2013, 22:38)

    i have lived at snodland for a short while and didnt know about the little church at paddlesworth i found it today and pleased i was too i shall take the opportunity to worship in it again.

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Community information for St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth

 

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St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth, 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.

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.