St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone, Kent
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A tiny church that has survived earth tremors
This tiny unspoilt gem of a Norman church stands on a knoll above Goodnestone Court, a half-timbered building from the fifteenth century.
Inside, part of the rood-loft staircase, two piscinae and a tomb which may have been used as an Easter Sepulchre survive from medieval times. There is a miniature nineteenth-century font, Willement glass in the east window and two sixteenth-century brass' inscriptions to a couple who both departed 'in the fayth of Christe'.
A rustic tiled and timbered bellcote crowns the nave, and the porch was rebuilt in 1837 after an earth tremor.
To donate by text, please text 'GOO' to 70970 to donate £5 and to 70191 to donate £10. Thank you.Goodnestone Guide
A pair of eccentric churches
A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
1.5 miles east of Faversham and 1.5 miles north of Junction 7 of the M2, A2 and A229. Follow the Historic Church signs along Whitstable Road and Head Hill Road.
Nearest railway station: Faversham (2 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Kent County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Kent. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Our Kent churches are in our South East region.
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