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Brookland, Kent

(50°59′53″N, 0°50′4″E)
TQ 990 259
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
medieval St Augustine
  • Mary Berg
  • Toby Huitson
01 Sep 2011

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Brookland is a settlement in the Romney marsh area of Kent, some 5 miles W of New Romney. The large, light, aisled church of St Augustine was built on a mound to raise it above the flood water. It has a famous detached hexagonal timber belfry. The chancel is undifferentiated architecturally from the rest of the building, which contains traces of medieval glass and wall-paintings. Apart from the lead font, the building contains no material pre-dating the 13thc.


The church is not recorded before the 14thc.





Given that it is unlikely that the marsh would have been drained at the date the font is thought to have been created, and that no other 12thc material is present on the site, the font may originally have been made for another church. Zarnecki suggests that it was imported from the Continent (Zarnecki, 18).


J. Newman, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, London and New Haven, 2012, 193-95.

A. Roper, The Church of St Augustine Brookland, Brookland, 1985.

G. Zarnecki, English Romanesque Lead Sculpture: Lead Fonts of the Twelfth Century, London, 1957, 17-19, 37-40.