History of St Mary’s

A ‘veritable wonder which speaks of bygone days of England’s glory’ was a journalist’s description of St Mary’s in 1923. A Grade I listed building, St Mary’s sits on one side of Lenham’s busy square. 

The building

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More information can be found in our beautifully illustrated book The Story of St Mary’s Church, Lenham which provides fascinating information about the sometimes turbulent history of St Mary’s, from the original Saxon church right up to the present day. Learn about the gradual building of the church over several centuries, its stained glass windows, ornate carved pulpit, bells, clock, and ancient pews – not to mention the mysterious tomb set sideways in the wall near the altar. Learn about the memorial stones set in the floor of the church that bear the names of local families still active in the village. Enjoy anecdotes about Lenham’s sometimes colourful vicars and about Jane Austen’s links to Lenham.

The Story of St Mary’s Church, Lenham costs £10. It can be purchased in Lenham village at the following outlets: Chequer’s Fish Restaurant, Lenham Community Centre, Lenham Library and The Cornerhouse Cafe. Or we can post one to you for £10 plus £1.50 postage and packing. All proceeds go towards maintaining the fabric of the church.

For information, please e-mail us at enquiries@friendsofstmaryslenham.org.