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St Mary the Virgin, Kemsing, Kent

(51°18′25″N, 0°13′51″E)
TQ 556 588
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Mary Berg
  • Peter Hayes
  • Susan Nettle
  • Toby Huitson
28 Sep 2013, 28 August 2014

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Feature Sets

The parish church of St Mary is of mostly later medieval date in a large historic village in the west of Kent, 4 miles NE of Sevenoaks. The sole Romanesque feature may be a jewelled-cut font of uncertain date.


There was a church in Kemsing from the 12thc. and very likely earlier. There is good evidence that the original, medieval dedication was to St Edith (Dunkin 1872-73, 148--49).





The font is often claimed to be Romanesque, but the fieldwork team found no positive evidence for this. Its date therefore remains an open question.


E. H. W. Dunkin, 'On the history and antiquities of Kemsing church, Kent', The Reliquary 13 (1872--3), 148--160.