St Mary the Virgin Churchyard

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St Mary the Virgin Churchyard

Location
Hastingleigh, Ashford Borough, Kent, TN255HU England
Memorials 65 added (74% photographed)

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Modern Hastingleigh village (a Saxon place-name) is now about half a mile from it's parish church, which stands in a tiny hamlet among fields near an ancient trackway, now part of the North Downs Way. The oldest visible parts of the exterior are Norman, and the tower Early English (13th century), built of flint with a later brick top. Inside, the early Norman nave is as long as the 13th century chancel, which is unusually light because of the many lancet windows; some of these suffered bomb damage during the Second World War. Most of the memorials here are to members of the Sankey family; there is also a 16th century brass in memory of a former churchwarden, John Halke and his wife, grandparents of William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of the blood.
The churchyard, surrounded by rustic fencing to keep out farm animals, has a lych gate, partially built from oak felled by the great storm of 1987, several fine trees, and an unusual number of strikingly original and artistic modern gravemarkers.
(Text by Sheilia W.)

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GPS Coordinates: 51.16108, 1.00479

  • Added: 11 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2384063