Some of you will remember this beautiful little country church from previous blogs. It is a hidden gem in the East Kent countryside, well off the road, and is now the school church for Northbourne Park School. When I first visited this lovely little church, many years ago, you could go inside and have a look around, sadly this is not now the case, but a photo of the inside and more history of the church can be found here: http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Betteshanger
The ‘straight mile’ on the way to the church.
The Lych Gate
These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, I finished work at lunchtime and decided to go and see how the baby donkeys were doing, as it was such a beautiful day. I missed the turning to the donkeys (those one track country roads again!!) but realized I was quite close to this church. As it is one of the prettiest and most peaceful places I have ever been to, the decision to pay it a visit was not hard to make.
Looking towards the church from near the school grounds.
The sundial in the grounds.
I spent a lovely hour wandering around, taking photos of course, and, apart from some of the school children riding past on bikes I had the place to myself.
Rupert Brooke, the famous First World War poet was stationed at Betteshanger Park late in 1914, he left here and travelled to nearby Dover and then to France. This little church could possibly have been one of the last places on English soil that he saw, a beautiful last memory of England for him.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL X