St Peter's Church, Swingfield, Kent
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A place of worship for the Knights Hospitallers
A huge thirteenth-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 fourteenth-century porch with two medieval 'Mass Dials' (sundials to tell the service times); a fourteenth-century font which was rescued from a garden in 1914; two twentieth-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 twentieth-century additions also. However, despite this, the church still retains many original traces of its medieval past.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A church with a view to France
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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.
Kearsney - next to Temple Ewell (5 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT 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 CCT cares for in Kent. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Visit Kent tourism website: www.visitkent.co.uk
- Let's Visit Kent website: www.letsvisit.co.uk/see-do
- Best Places to Visit in Kent website: www.kentattractions.co.uk
- Kent History website: www.hereshistorykent.org.uk
- Kent Family History Society: www.kfhs.org.uk
- Kent Archaeology Society: www.kentarchaeology.org.uk
- Kent Historic Churches website: www.kentchurches.info
- Friends of Kent Churches: www.friendsofkentchurches.co.uk