More specifically this post is about the village church of St Marys which, I think, is rather special, particularly if you are also interested in history like me.
From the outside,the church is not unpleasing to the eye .....
However, on the inside, it's even better ....
The stained glass windows are fantastic. Some of the best I have ever seen.
The church was originally built shortly after the Norman Conquest of England by Bishop Gundulf who was also responsible for the construction of Rochester Cathedral and castle.
Over the centuries many changes and additions were made including the construction of the spire in the 1700's. (The same spire was depicted on the back of ten pound notes during the 1990's)
One of the most interesting things to be seen inside the church is the ornate tomb of Sir Robert Brett who died in 1620. He had the grand titles of Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber and King's Sergeant and is buried alongside wife and son.
More macabre details on the tomb...
One of the monuments was a stark reminder of how tragically high infant mortality rates were a couple of centuries ago.....
Benjamin Hubble and his wife Ann outlived eight of their ten children.
A quote taken from the Bible (Peter). I believe the plaque was made during the reign of King James II (1685 - 1688) the last Catholic King of England who was ousted in the Glorious Revolution.
These are just a few of the interesting things to be found inside the church. My wife and I must have spent at least an hour or so looking around.
The graveyard outside contains many reminders of the town's long association with Royal Air Force.
During the Battle of Britain, despite being heavily bombed the airfield was able to remain operational. Guy Gibson VC, later to become leader of the famous Dambuster raid, was stationed at RAF West Malling during 1941. In 1944, Spitfire aircraft were used to intercept and destroy V1 rockets (doodlebugs) before they could reach London.
After the RAF left in 1969, the airfield remained in civilian hands until around 1992 when it finally closed and was redeveloped into the new "village" of Kings Hill.
Squadron Leader Hall of 25 Squadron is buried next to his colleague and co-pilot Flying Officer Levett.
Squadron Leader Hall and Flying Officer Levett were both sadly killed on 4th February 1957 when their Gloster Meteor NF14 night fighter WS 753 flew into high ground four miles east of Oxford during a night navigation exercise.
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