St Michael's Church, East Peckham, Kent

Address: Old Church Lane, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5NG
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm
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Set romantically on a hilltop with glorious views

When the village moved down nearer to the river, St Michael’s was left romantically sited on a hilltop among beeches, with glorious views over the Medway valley to the Weald.

Originally Norman, the church seems to have expanded to its present size around 1300; the piers and arches are clearly 14th-century, the windows and south porch mainly 15th-century, and the shingled spirelet has an attractive weathervane dating from 1704.

Inside there are fragments of ancient glass, a Royal Arms of George II and two centuries of memorials dedicated to the Twysden family.

The churchyard has has some lovely 18th-century headstones.

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Road directions

2 miles north of East Peckham, Follow Historic Church sign on A228 Seven Mile Road along Old Church Lane.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Yalding (1.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

TQ 661 522

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16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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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. Richard Fury (07 Aug 2011, 21:23)

    I visited this church today and found it to be one of the most delightful churches I have ever seen. It's condition was truly amazing after so many centuries. I could have stayed here for hours and hours it was so good. The view from outside the church was equally superb and breathtaking so much so, I will be visiting again soon.

  2. Pat Colebourn (20 Mar 2012, 15:14)

    I'm researching my family tree and found that a number of my direct ancestors, MARTIN, came from East Peckham. I also located their graves in the church yard.

    To me, it was SUCH an experience and my imagination just ran wild, as to how the MARTIN family must have worshipped at St. Michael's church. I also wondered and imagined how they must have walked up there, or maybe came in a horse drawn cart.

    The church is located in an absolutely beautiful area and so quiet too.

    I even located the house in East Peckham that my family owned many, many years ago, called Addelstead. Also a road called Martin's Lane, named after my family.

    I REALLY enjoyed my afternoon in East Peckham, especially the old church, which fired my imagination so much. Lots of info inside the church too, about the church and the area.

  3. David Wlson (02 Sep 2012, 17:32)

    David Wilson (02.09.2012).

    I have read comments left by Pat Colebourn (20.03.2012) I also am related to the Martin Family on my Mother's side. I today visisted St Michael's Church, East Peckham to visit the burial ground of my ancestors. My family also lived in Hextall House, they also owned Addelstead. It is interesting to hear comments from other members of my family.

  4. Kevin Reynolds (26 Apr 2013, 09:28)

    I visit the Church of St Michaels regularly, its is a nice hour long walk from my home, sad to say recently the brasses in the floor have been stolen, I am walking there today with a group from London.

  5. J. Guffogg (05 Feb 2014, 20:42)

    Light, airy and spacious church in a great location. Its huge!
    Very sad to hear the brass had been stolen, as the monuments are pretty ordinary. Small amount of interesting glass.

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Community information for St Michael's Church, East Peckham

 

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St Michael's Church, East Peckham, 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

There is disabled access and parking from the north entrance.

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.