St Mary's Church, Luddenham, Kent

Address: Luddenham Court, Luddenham, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0TH
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Open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm
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A hidden gem in a farmyard setting

The 850-year-old church of St Mary’s is hidden in a farmyard on marshland fringes to the south of the River Swale.

The west doorway, with zig-zag decoration, is mid 12th-century, whilst the exceptionally long chancel was built about a hundred years later. Inside, a 13th-century stone coffin lid is topped by carved hands holding a heart. The curious little brick tower is early 19th-century. There are also some reused Roman tiles in the wall.

NB: Access is only permitted from the public road that leads to the church from the north-east, and the adjacent footpaths. Visitors are requested not to use the private road that reaches the church from the south.

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Road directions

2 miles north west of Faversham. Follow Historic Church signs from A2 London Road along Four Oaks Road, Bysing Wood Road and Cherry Tree Drive.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Faversham (2 miles)

OS Reference No.

TQ 992 631

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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. Robert Guthrie (01 Jan 2013, 20:38)

    Splendid in isolation this is a quiet retreat on a country walk or cycle ride. Marvel at such a large church in such a small place and imagine the secret histories its walls would tell if stones could speak.

  2. Brian Hawxwell (15 Feb 2014, 13:52)

    lovely church, shame it was closed on my visit.

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Luddenham

 

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Best Places to Visit in Kent website

Kent History website

Kent Family History Society

Kent County Council website history section

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Kent Historic Churches website

Friends of Kent Churches

List of Kent churches

Kent is in the Diocese of Canterbury

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St Mary's Church, Luddenham, 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.