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St John the Baptist, Harrietsham, Kent

(51°14′43″N, 0°41′6″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
15 October 2012

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Harrietsham is a rural and industrial village about 8 miles SE of Maidstone. The church of St John the Baptist, described by Glynne in 1877 as a rather interesting church, is a large Perpendicular style building with W tower, aisled nave, 13thc. chancel with chapels, and S porch. There is a font relevant to the Corpus.


The Domesday return for Kent records that Hugh, nepos (nephew or grandson) of Herbert, held an estate in Harrietsham of Odo, bishop of Bayeux (DB i. 7v; Kent 5 § 63). The entry refers to the existence of a church there.





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 142.

S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent , London, 1877, 89-91.

Domesday Book: A Complete Translation, eds A. Williams and G.H. Martin, Harmondsworth, 1992, 18.

Domesday Book, 1, Kent, ed. J Morris, Chichester, 1983.