A History & Description of St Peters Church, Swingfield

In ancient deeds Swingfield, variously named as ‘Sumafield’
‘Swinefeld’ and ‘Swinfield’ is described as a “Parish that lies in lonely and unfrequented countryside with a church standing in the north-east part”. The Church is not mentioned by name in the Domesday accounts but in 1170 the Domesday-Monachorum mentions the church at ’Sumafield’ (Swingfield) being subordinate to ’Folcestan’ (Folkestone).

Early Norman churches were traditionally built by, and for the use of, the Lord of the Manor. In the case of Swingfield this would have been ‘Boyington’ and ’Northcourt’, the two Manors of which Swingfield anciently consisted. However it is recorded in the records of the Order of St John, that the church was appropriated early in the 12th century as part of the estate of the Preceptory and Commandery of the crusading orders.
From this time Chaplains of the Order of St John served the Church for some 400 years until the dissolution early in the 16th century, when by command of King Henry VIII the Order was dissolved in England and its estates and property confiscated.

St Peters Church, The Street, Swingfield, Kent CT15 7HA
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