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Holy Cross, Hoath, Kent

pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Mary Berg
  • Toby Huitson
27 Oct 2014

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Feature Sets

Hoath is a small parish church in a rural setting about 7 miles NE of Canterbury on a gravel terrace. The exterior walls incorporate some reset bases and sections of roll moulding and chip carving. Although the nave may be 12thc, there is no other sculpture.


The date of foundation is not known. It was a chapel to Reculver, on the north Kent coast, and from 1310 Reculver's only chapel. Hoath gained independent parish status by Papal dispensation in 1303. The church was substantially restored in 1842 and 1866-67.


Exterior Features



The large chip-carved block is reminiscent of that re-used at Wingham. There is no early sculpture to be seen inside the church, although Tim Tatton-Brown suspects it may have had its origins in the 12thc on the basis of the NW and SW Caenstone quoins. The reset sculpture in the wall could have been placed there in one of the two major Victorian 'restorations'. Together, they suggest the presence of a small feature, perhaps a priests' door with a tympanum.


J. Newman, The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent, London, 1969, 339.

T. Tatton-Brown, Canterbury Diocese: Historical and Archaeological Survey, 1994, https://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/01/03/HOA.htm [accessed 25 June, 2020]