St Mary the Virgin, Smeeth

 

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St Mary the Virgin is a pretty church built from locally quarried flint.   It is described as  'small, having two isles and two chancels'.   

The original Nave and Chancel are Norman, with the North Aisle and Brabourne Chapel having been added in the thirteenth century.  The porch is fifteenth century.

                                           The Norman arch

Like St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Brabourne, there is a strong collection with the Scott family – there is a fine black and white marble memorial to the family in the Chapel.

                                       

The pulpit is Jacobean and came from the Chapel at Scotts Hall.  The oak panelling round the altar and the pulpit, and the oak door to the south porch also came from Scotts Hall.                 

                                                   

 

The altar window, designed by Wallace Wood in 1966, replaced a Victorian window in memory of Anna Maria Elizabeth Knatchbull. 

The Window of the Resurrection (the 'Butterfly Window'), on the left as you enter by the south door, was designed and made by Alexandra Le Rossignol and installed to mark the Millennium.   Another example of her work can be found in  St Mary the Virgin, Westwell, Ashford, Kent.

       The altar window   The Butterfly Window

 

The tower was restored in 1881.

A major restoration project, necessitated by major water damage, has just been completed.   Views of the work in progress are below.

                                                     

 

                The Royal Coat of Arms is here being restored by Jan Keevil and Campbell Clark:  

        Reverse, showing the maker

                                                Jan Keevil (left) and Campbell Clark (right) at work on the Royal Coat of Arms

 

With thanks to John Jamieson for the history of the church.

Details of services can be found on the Diary Pages.  It is hoped that more information will be added to this page shortly.