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St Peter & St Paul

A beautiful rural church set in the heart of the beautiful Kent Downs five miles south of Canterbury.

Upper Hardres, Kent

Opening times

Due to its rural location the church is kept locked but the key may be obtained from the Chair of the PCC whose details are in the porch.
Contact details for those wishing to book a visit are given on our website.


Hardres Court Road
Upper Hardres

According to the Domesday Book, there already was a Saxon church here at Upper Hardres. It was rebuilt in the 12th century, being consecrated in 1160. Some of the original church remains with the church tower, two Norman pillars and a massive font dating from this time. Further developments in the 13th and 14th centuries added the present nave and south aisle and the Lady Chapel.

One of the church's most treasured possessions is the John Strete 'Bracket Brass'. One of the most famous complete brasses in the country, John Strete, rector of the parish died in February 1405. He is shown kneeling, with the patron saints of the church on a bracket behind him.

Other highlights included some fine specimens of window glass painting from the 14th century, the Hardres family memorials dating from 1485, 1628 and 1764 and our bells,  the tenor bell dates from the late 14th century; a second made by Joseph hatch of Ulcombe is date 1609, and the treble was made by Samuel Knight of London in 1727. There are also medieval tiles on the floor of the chancel together with later Georgian tiles surrounding the John Strete brass.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • On street parking at church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

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