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St Mary's, Higham, Kent

By Nikonuser1
At last the sun has decided to come out!!!!! Had been planning this outing for a while. This Church is on the edge of the marshes at Higham in Kent. There are many intresting things to photograph in the church and churchyard.

The village first appears in the historical record in AD 774. This is the date of an Anglo-Saxon charter which mentions the village. Offa, king of the Mercian kingdom in the midlands and in control of enough of the south to call himself 'rex Anglorum' (King of the English), gave land there to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Jaenberht. There is no reference to any church in the charter, but we do know one existed at the Norman Conquest. Domesday Book (1086) notes that a certain Adam held Higham on behalf of Odo, Earl of Kent and bishop of Bayeux. The entry mentions that the land included a church and a mill and a fishery worth 3 shillings.

This pre-Conquest church must have been rebuilt before long and some evidence of the subsequent early-Norman structure can be found at St Mary's today. The present church's unusual double nave was completed later with the addition of the south aisle. This building of this aisle and therefore a large part of St Mary's architectural history may be linked in some way with a neighbouring institution, now lost but acknowledged on OS maps as the 'Site of Priory

Tags: Church Architecture Churchyards Architectue St mary S Higham

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Comments


widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
4 Mar 2013 11:50PM
What a day you got Cliff !! Loadsa sunshine green grass and blue skies , spring is in the air lol . Nice photo as well Wink

Rod
paskinmj 12 11 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 12:09AM
Nice picturesque view.
Matt
Gypsyman 10 690 England
5 Mar 2013 3:05PM
Nice View, Interesting Subject and Write-up. Eric.
5 Mar 2013 3:56PM
A lovely capture accompanied by interesting information.
Effrossini
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 12:18AM
A wonderful bright day to showcase this lovely church
and very old grave stones.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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