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A hidden gem in a farmyard setting
The 850-year-old church of St Mary’s is hidden in a farmyard on marshland fringes to the south of the River Swale.
The west doorway, with zig-zag decoration, is mid 12th-century, whilst the exceptionally long chancel was built about a hundred years later. Inside, a 13th-century stone coffin lid is topped by carved hands holding a heart. The curious little brick tower is early 19th-century. There are also some reused Roman tiles in the wall.
NB: Access is only permitted from the public road that leads to the church from the north-east, and the adjacent footpaths. Visitors are requested not to use the private road that reaches the church from the south.
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St Mary’s Church, Luddenham
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