St Peter's Church, Swingfield, Kent

Address:
The Street, Swingfield, Kent, CT15 7HA
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Open daily 10am - 4pm
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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.

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