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Friday, 13 October 2017

Wingham near Canterbury, Kent

Wingham is a lovely little village half way between Sandwich and Canterbury, the main road goes straight through the village, but it is a village that deserves to be explored on foot. Earlier this year I went out to Wingham to see the bi-annual Scarecrow event, which I will blog about next time. 

The sundial above the main entrance to the Church 

While I was there I visited the lovely church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was open to provide tea and lovely cakes for the Scarecrow hunters. I had never been in the Church before, it is just lovely :)

Looking towards the Altar.

The 15th Century reredos situated behing the Altar.

Looking towards the back of the Church, notice the wooden pillars on the left hand side, unlike the stone arches on the right. 
The wooden pillars were put into the Church in the 16th Century, when a local brewer raised money for the repair of the nave, then absconded with the money! The chestnut posts were used at that time as they were obviously a lot cheaper than replacing the arches in stone.

The photos above and below are of the Oxenden Monument, which commemorates the Oxenden famiy, dating from 1682. 

A closer look at the 'putti' or cherubs at the base of the obelisk.

The beautiful wooden roof.

A very unusual, but very effective 'stained glass' type window, made by the children of the village :)

This beautiful old house opposite the Church I believe used to be the home of Paul Hollywood, the Great British Bake Off judge and his wife. 

The Red Lion pub.

Just a bit further along is the Dog Inn, a grade 2 listed building.

As I was primarily in the village for the Scarecrow trail I only took a few photos of the Church and the beautiful medieval buildings opposite. I need to go back sometime when the scarecrow trail is not on, to explore the Church and village more thoroughly :)