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Chillenden, Kent

(51°14′7″N, 1°14′56″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
29 April 2013

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Feature Sets

Chillenden is a village between Canterbury and Deal. The church of All Saints is a small twin-cell building. Although mostly Perpendicular in feel, the building nevertheless has Romanesque doorways to N and S.


The Domesday return for Kent records that there was a small settlement at Chillenden and that it was held of Bishop Odo of Bayeux.


Exterior Features



Despite its technical simplicity, the S doorway has an attractive and pleasing aesthetic quality. This is in part due to its simple proportions, accurate setting-out and the play of light on the mouldings. The grape motif in the N door is very unusual to find in this type of context. Together, they might imply a highly competent workshop undertaking a simple commission.

One of Christ Church Canterbury's great priors, Thomas Chillenden, shared his name with the settlement.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 85.

S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent, London, 1877, 187.