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All Saints, Foots Cray, Kent

(51°25′17″N, 0°7′17″E)
Foots Cray
TQ 476 713
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
medieval Canterbury
now Rochester
  • Peter Hayes
  • Susan Nettle
18 July 2014

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Foots Cray is an area of SE Sidcup, now in the London borough of Bexley but formerly part of Kent. The church of All Saints was enthusiastically described by Glynne as 'a small rustic church, beautifully situated in a churchyard surrounded by trees'. The building of flint with stone bands and dressings and red tile roof consists of a nave with W porch, chancel, S chapel, N vestries and organ chamber, and a wooden bell tower over nave, with shingled broached spire. The church was largely rebuilt circa 1863 by Henry Hakewill, although the W spire and W porch belong to an earlier church, as also the single lancet, two Perpendicular windows and the wide arch to the N aisle. The only surviving Romanesque feature is the late 12thc font, with water-leaf capitals to corner shafts.


Foots Cray is mentioned in Domesday Book as part of the lands of Bishop Odo of Bayeux.





The font is interesting as it appears to be intact, with the original support columns. The columns have a distinctively Early English feel, so this may be a very late Romanesque example.


S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent, London 1877, 320.