St Mary's Church, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent

Address: Manor House Lane, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 7EX
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm
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A church with a view to France

This lovely church is remote from the road and squats snugly on bleak downland above Folkestone. It has views across the channel, looking towards France.

A single Norman window, with a little delicate wallpainting in the reveal, indicates its early origins; but most notable is a 14th-century three-arched stone rood-screen with, uniquely in England, an arched opening above for the rood itself.

There are also ancient roof timbers, a small brass and a 13th-century piscina.

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Road directions

2 miles north east of Folkstone. In Capel-le-Ferne follow Historic Church signs off B2011along Capel Street and Manor House Lane.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Folkestone Central (3.25 miles)

OS Reference No.

TR 257 400

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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 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. Ian Dimmock (22 Apr 2011, 16:11)

    Yes a lovely church, I love the roof timbers. when I'm in the area I always visit my Mother who is laid to rest there.

  2. susan scullino (03 Jan 2013, 20:10)

    Perhaps "lovely" is not quite the right adjective. From an archaeological point of view the church is fascinating. The massive roof beams and simple crown posts are impressive, and the triple chancel arch interesting. Outside, the graveyard is well-kept with far-reaching views over the surrounding fields. Yet the general impression is of sadness. Impregnated with humidity, which is ruining the floors and which strikes a chill when you enter, the church has the bleakness of a building with no future. Still, definitely worth a visit!

  3. James Thornton (17 Feb 2013, 15:18)

    A lovely little Church. Thank You for keeping it open.

  4. Hans Fischer (07 Jan 2014, 18:19)

    I visited this church in 2009 to photograph its medieval stained glass in the east window. The same quarry pattern was once present in Canterbury cathedral inthe 19th centiry, but no longer there.

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Capel-le-Ferne

 

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List of Kent churches

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St Mary's Church, Capel-le-Ferne, 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.