The Darent Churches

Archaeological excavations prove that the Darent Valley was the earliest site of Christian worship in England. There are 14 parish churches along the Darent and no two are alike. These churches have provided the glue that have held their communities together for centuries. The photos and descriptions are a celebration of these lovely medieval structures. Each has a story to tell. Darent also provides you with a helpful insight of just what to look for when you visit one of these ancient places of worship.

Churches reviewed within the chapters on villages, include: St. Mary the Virgin, St. Martin’s, St Mary’s, St. Botolph (2),  St. Nicholas, St. Bartholomew’s, St. Peter & St. Paul (2), St. Martin’s, St. John the Baptist, St. Margaret of Antioch, Holy Trinity, St Michael of all Angels.

In a separate section, there is a guide to appreciation of medieval churches. This includes descriptions of: The porch and main door, a mausoleum, a mass dial, chantries, Holy water stoup, a knapped flint cross, the font, church seating, the rood screen, painted murals, a tomb chest, standing wall monuments, brasses and latterns, hatchments, stained glass, the Easter sepulchre, the chancel stalls, the sedilia, the aumbry and reredos.