Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Most Enigmatic Church In England? Fairfield, Kent

Isolated on a marsh in southern Kent

Thoroughly vernacular. Oak timber frame internally, cased in black and red flemish bond brickwork. Weatherboarded tower. Red tiled roof with a steep pitch and overhanging eaves.

Open to the roof. Timbers exposed like a mediaeval Great Hall. All mellow and silver. Low beams. The chancel is almost entirely separated from the nave.

Georgian box pews and a three decker pulpit, so beloved by architectural historians. All painted white. Simple black boards with gold painted religious texts.

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