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Church of St Michael

A Grade II Listed Building in Sutton Valence, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2154 / 51°12'55"N

Longitude: 0.5822 / 0°34'55"E

OS Eastings: 580439

OS Northings: 149414

OS Grid: TQ804494

Mapcode National: GBR PRW.Q0V

Mapcode Global: VHJMN.1QM4

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 26 April 1968

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060948

English Heritage Legacy ID: 174049

Location: Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17

County: Kent

District: Maidstone

Civil Parish: Chart Sutton

Built-Up Area: Sutton Valence

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

TQ 8049-8149
(east side)
Church of
7/32 St. Michael

Parish church. C14, rebuilt except tower 1779-82 by Henry
Holland, altered 1897-8. Tower irregular blocks of roughly
coursed stone. Small blocks of evenly coursed and galletted
stone to rest of church. Slate roof to nave. Plain tile roof
to chancel and chapels. West tower with south porch. Broad
nave, partly extending round tower. Chancel with north and
south transeptal chapels. Tower: C14, with belfry partly
rebuilt. Unstaged on low battered plinth with north-west and
south-west angle buttresses. Brick-dressed belfry lights with
segmental heads. Small chamfered rectangular light below
belfry to north and south. West window of 2 ogee-headed
cinquefoiled lights with sub-cusped ogival. Moulded 2-centred
arched west doorway with continuous rib. South porch: C19 with
angle buttresses, and 2-centred arched doorway. Nave: Late C18
altered 1897-8. South elevation: No plinth. Tooled stone
eaves band, carried round gable ends. Projecting eaves with
flat soffits. Three C19 windows alternating with buttresses.
East end bay of south elevation retains late C18 blocked 4-
centred arched doorway with quatrefoil above, both with raised
tooled stone architraves. South chapel: 1897-8. Built at
right-angles to chancel, with plinth and angle buttresses.
2-light window and 2-centred arched doorway to south.
Chancel: 1897-8, with plinth and angle buttresses. No south
windows. 1897 consecration stone. 4-light east window.
North chapel: 1897-8. As south but without door.
Nave: north elevation: Four C19 windows alternating with
buttresses. Late C18 west lancet with raised tooled surround.
Interior: structure: broad aisle-less nave. C14 tower arch
with pointed arch of 3 chamfered orders and attached semi-
octagonal shafts with moulded capitals and bases. C19 chancel
arch and chancel arcades. Scientific king-post roof to nave.
Fittings: Royal arms to south-west end of nave. 2 benefactors
boards under tower. Further board under tower giving dates
of destruction and rebuilding of church 1779-82. Plaque stating
chancel re-opened 1898. Monuments: small marble tablet on
south wall of nave to Francis Robins, d.1720, with moulded plinth
on gadrooned consoles and moulded cornice with shield. Small
marble tablet on north wall of nave commemorating monuments to
John Smyth, d.1732, and members of Smyth family, destroyed
during fire of 1779. (J. Newman, B.O.E., West Kent and The
Weald, 1980).

Listing NGR: TQ8043949414

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