St Anthony Pamiers church

St Anthony of Pamiers

Unusually dedicated to a French saint, and linked to the neighbouring St Radegund's Abbey, St Anthony’s church is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century.

Alkham, Kent

Opening times

Open all year during daylight hours.


The Forstal
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The church is situated in the Alkham village conservation area on a south facing sloping site surrounded by a churchyard of 0.78 hectares. Notable features include the outstanding arcading in the north chapel and the inscribed coffin slab of the first Rector of Alkham (1199-1203).  

The church, itself is large by village standards, is of rough flint and Kentish rag, and took shape at the end of the 12th or beginning of the 13th century, when patronage was in the hands of the Averanche family. It's link to the neighbouring St Radegund's Abbey probably explains its dedication to a French saint, St Anthony of Pamiers (d506 AD), the town St Antonin de Nobleval in the Aveyron being named after him. 

Pevsner's architectural guide lists it as 'a flint church of considerable interest and beauty' and refers to the north chapel arcading as 'rich and deeply undercut arch mouldings. Caps and bases project boldly. The gusto of it all is tremendously invigorating'.

The church is part of a Benefice with the neighbouring villages of Capel le Ferne and Hougham. 

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

  • Community Grant, £5,000, 2018

  • Our Community Grants helped churches to install essential facilities such as toilets and kitchens.

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