St James the Great

Elmstead is little more than a group of farms clustered round their church on the North Downs.

Elmsted, Kent

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TN25 5JT

The exterior view of the east end of the church is of three flint built gables. Beyond is the unusual and distinctive west tower, capped by a belfry and stubby spire.

The church has Norman origins, probably being built in the 1090s. Many additions to the Norman church were built in each of the ensuing centuries, the aisles in the late 1100s, part of the tower in the 12th century, the extended chancel in the 13th century, the north and south chapels in the early 14th century and so on through the ages, culminating in major restoration in the 19th century.

The present church is an attractive, peaceful mixture of styles with many monuments, most of which are memorials to the Honywood family.

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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