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Betteshanger, Kent

(51°13′29″N, 1°18′35″E)
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Kent
now Kent
  • Toby Huitson
  • Mary Berg
22 October 2012

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Feature Sets

Betteshanger is a scattered village near Deal. A settlement there is recorded in the Domesday return for Kent, but it is best-known today for the modern colliery which operated for much of the 20th century. The former parish church of St Mary consists of nave, chancel and small bell-tower and was completely rebuilt by Salvin in 1853. It now functions as a school chapel. Visiting only two years before its rebuilding, Glynne noted Norman doorways on both the N and S of the nave in 1851. Today, only the N doorway and its tympanum survives.


Betteshanger is mentioned in Domesday Book as a very small settlement belonging to Bishop Odo of Bayeux with only one villager and four smallholders. No church was recorded.


Exterior Features



It is interesting that each block of chevron is carved to a different geometrical steepness. This could imply that several craftsmen were working on this material independently of each other. The effect here is quite pleasing though, and has a vigour and freshness lacking in most Victorian copies.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 49.

S. Glynne, The Churches of Kent, London, 1877, 169-70.