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This splendid solid-looking church with its high wide nave is well loved & cared for, with plenty... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2019
Frances S
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Since we were staying awhile on Smarden Road in Biddenden...

We found it easy to access the charming town of Smarden (Population around 3000). The Church of St... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2018
preglad
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New York
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Reviewed 15 July 2019

This splendid solid-looking church with its high wide nave is well loved & cared for, with plenty of features for historians to enjoy. But I liked the patchwork window (chancel) of rescued glass, the lovingly worked pew cushions with subtle design variations, the splendid new disabled access and loo, & especially the unusual font supported by little cylinders of dark polished Bethersden(?) marble, the stone Pevsner says it is carved from.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

We found it easy to access the charming town of Smarden (Population around 3000). The Church of St Michael the Archangel is rated for good reason 5/5 stars by the British Express. It's the Anglican parish church for the village under the umbrella of the Canterbury diocese.

It sits widely and dramatically with a distinguishing square tower and six imposing working bells, atypical of a country village. The original structure probably predated the medieval period, but records are spotty on that score.

St Michael retains the nickname "religious baron of Kent" as it less usually has no side pews and appears singularly wide in a singularly undistracted presence. Much of what I've learned of this lovely structure comes from a kind local and his showing me to an informative pamphlet on our visit.

Between the charms of Smarden itself and its parish church, it made for a delightful stop on a Kent morning adventure. P.S. Very good coffee shop as well

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Saw this Church whilst staying at the Chequers in Smarden. The original Charter from the 14th century is there as well as, later, Elizabethan ephemera. The 20th wall paintings are interesting. Also the memorials to the fallen in both World Wars are on the outside wall of the Church. Interestingly- and a first for me- was that the number killed in the 2nd World War exceeded those killed in the First. On discussing this with a local, it transpires that two "doodlebugs" (V1s) landed on houses in the Second War killing many of the occupants- thus raising the casualty list. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

Stopped here to take in the beauty of this lovely church. Very pretty from the outside, and lovely if you enter inside. The wall paintings inside go back to early 20th Century, they were designed so that people unable to read could enjoy the story they told. It is known as the barn of Kent, this could be due to the internal view of the roof which is more in keeping with a barn than a church.
If your visiting the area, its well worth a quick stop to look around.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank carol g
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