St Peter's Church, Swingfield, Kent

Address: The Street, Swingfield Street, Swingfield, Kent, CT15 7HA
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A place of worship for the Knights Hospitallers

A huge 13th-century tower dominates this Medieval church in a quiet location on the Kent Downs. The church has very close links with the Knights Hospitallers whose Commandery still stands across the fields. The church has much to discover, including:

  • a 14th-century porch with two Medieval 'Mass Dials' (sundials to tell the service times);
  • a 14th-century font which was rescued from a garden in 1914;
  • two 20th-century stained glass windows. The West window contains birds, flowers, a squirrel and a rabbit, the fine South window depicts The Crucifixion.

St Peter's has been enlarged and changed over the centuries. There are a clear Victorian influences seen in the North aisle, the pulpit, the altar table and the chancel arch and the pews, and some 20th-century additions also. However, despite this, the church still retains many original traces of its Medieval past.

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Road directions

7 miles north of Folkestone. Located to the east of the A260 Canterbury to Folkestone Road. Turn into Swanton Lane and follow signs for Swingfield Street. Limited parking by the church.

Public transport information

Nearest station: Kearsney - next to Temple Ewell (5 miles)

OS Reference No.

TR 233 434

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

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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. Peter Smith (24 Jun 2012, 07:53)

    I am so glad that this church has been saved and so recently conserved. It is a gem, a beautiful country church.

  2. Frank Burrows (26 May 2013, 23:30)

    I visited this church, actually open, on Saturday 25, May 2013 and took some photos. I went to tidy up my Father's grave. I was baptised here and my parents were married here. In earlier years (1930's) my Father was a choir boy. I am really glad it has been preserved and not closed or turned into a home.

  3. Annabel Richards (nee Osborne) (24 May 2014, 10:50)

    So glad to see this church so looked after. I was baptised here, my sister married here and my father's funeral held here. Many many Sundays I would come to communion here. A lovely peaceful

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Best Places to Visit in Kent website

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List of Kent churches

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St Peter's Church, Swingfield, 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.