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St Mary Magdalene, Ruckinge, Kent

(51°3′54″N, 0°53′19″E)
TR 025 335
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
21 September 2012

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Feature Sets

A roadside parish church to the south of Ashford, with Romanesque sculpture in two exterior doorways. The church has a massive Norman W tower, its W face containing a Romanesque doorway with a smaller 15th-century portal inserted within it. The chancel dates to the 14th century, as do the aisles to the nave. The south aisle contains a reset Romanesque doorway.


In 1066 the manor was controlled by Christ Church Canterbury, and was worth £22. In c.1070 it was still worth £22, although in 1086 its value had increased to £39. It is written in Domesday, Rochinges, later Rakinge and Rucking.

The church was a rectory, assessed at £ 16. 13s. 4d. in the 1291 Taxatio.


Exterior Features



These two Romanesque doorwarys are a masterclass in the exploitation of concave and convex profiles, and unusual for featuring chip-carving on the sides of the capitals.


M. Berg and H. Jones, Norman Churches in the Canterbury Diocese (Stroud, 2009), p. 179.

S. Glynne, Notes on The Churches of Kent (London, 1877), pp. 207-8.

Edward Hasted, 'Parishes: Rucking,' in The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (Canterbury: W Bristow, 1799), pp. 352-360 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol8/pp352-360