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Gallery: Churches of Kent

by Peter Kessler, 9 October 2010

 

 

Sevenoaks Part 1: Hever Church

St Peter's Hever

St Peter's Hever is on the eastern side of Hever Road, alongside the entrance to Hever Castle, less than two miles south-east of Edenbridge. The first church on this site was Norman, consecrated between 1115-1125, although nothing of it remains other than stones which were used in its replacement. This church seems to have been entirely replaced by the present one, about 1292, which means it is still is the oldest of the three churches in the benefice.

St Peter's Hever

The church stands at the eastern end of Hever Village, and is a small building consisting of one isle and two chancels, and a west tower with spire. The nave and north aisle were built in 1292. The aisle roof was replaced about 1400, and the nave roof about 1450. Victorian restoration work was carried out in 1894. The church's Bullen Chapel of about 1450 contains the tomb of Sir Thomas Bullen (1477-1539), father of Anne Boleyn and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I.

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