St Mary's Church, Luddenham, Kent
How to find us
- What's nearby
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 twelfth century, whilst the exceptionally long chancel was built about a hundred years later. Inside, a thirteenth-century stone coffin lid is topped by carved hands holding a heart. The curious little brick tower is early nineteenth 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.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A tiny church that has survived earth tremors
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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.
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 2012
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.