A History & Description of St Peters Church, Swingfield

The Kent Peg-Tiled roof is supported by the original Kentish oak tie-beams and crown posts. A medieval rood-loft spanned the Chancel arch before 1560. The only evidence remaining of this is the deep recess in the wall to accommodate the stairs to the loft which is adjacent to the present Pulpit.

Two of the original Norman 12th century windows survive in the end walls of the north aisle. These were originally in the north wall of the Nave and were moved during the alterations in 1870. The windows in the south frontage of the nave all vary in age and architectural style. Starting west to east, they are 15thc Square headed ‘Perpendicular’, 14thc ‘Decorated‘, 13thc ‘Early English’. The Chancel windows are 13thc style ‘Lancets’ replaced during the 19thc restoration, replacing the original 13thc ‘Perpendicular’ style ‘which were decayed‘. Above the ‘Lancets’ in the east end is an ‘Oculus’ window. The glass is mainly all plain with the exception of some late memorial windows, one in the south wall of the nave c.1930 and one above the west door in the tower c.1954.

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