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Wychling, Kent

(51°16′7″N, 0°44′40″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
Not confirmed St Margaret
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
15 October 2011

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Feature Sets

Wychling is a village about 6 miles SW of Faversham. The church of St Margaret is a small building in an isolated location in a field---one which apparently still has no mains electricity or running water. The church has a two-cell form together with a later porch and tower. There was a fairly heavy restoration by Clarke in 1882-3. The only Romanesque material on-site is a blocked doorway in the nave. There is also a lead font which was apparently found in 1880 and which may be 12thc., currently in storage at Canterbury Cathedral Archives and not available for inspection.


The Domesday return states that there was a church in Winchelesmere and that the church belonged to Odo, bishop of Bayeux (Domesday 1 Kent (1983), 5:81). In 1851 Arthur Hussey observed that 'the church stands quite solitary, is very small, and, like some other churches in that neighbourhood, has a Norman doorway, apparently reinserted' (Hussey 1852, 165).


Exterior Features



It is interesting that even for a small, isolated church (at least as it stands today), the N doorway was afforded some sculptural embellishment, particularly in the capitals.


Domesday Book 1 Kent, ed. & trans. P. Morgan (Chichester, 1983).

A. Hussey, Notes on the Churches in the Counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, mentioned in Domesday Book, and those of more recent date (London, 1852).