Everyone is very welcome to take the opportunity to visit the Church and enjoy the Open Day with the tours available in the afternoon.
Shorne Church Open Day
The church will be open from 10.00 am to 6 pm when the public can visit and look round the church with the help of a free leaflet or buy the full guide book. At 2.00, 3.00 and 4.00 pm there will be free conducted tours. From 2.30 to 5.00 pm afternoon teas will be served.
LOCATION: St Peter and St Paul Church, Butchers Hill, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3EB
The church has much of interest and examples of architecture from the Anglo-Saxon to Perpendicular (15th century) periods as well as monuments, brasses and furnishings.
This is the same day as some other related events. Cyclists and walkers will be visiting as many churches as they can to raise money for the Friends of Kent Churches’ annual sponsored “Ride and Stride”. The money is used for the repair of old churches. It is also on one of the national Heritage Open Days when many buildings normally closed are open to the public.
There is a strong connection between the church and the de Cobham family which once lived at nearby Cobham Hall, now a school. The original Randall Chapel in the church was built by Sir Henry de Cobham who lived at the nearby Randall Manor which was recently excavated. He died in 1318. He was buried in the Chapel and it contains is an effigy of him in his armour.
George Bennett, a famous cricketer in his day, is buried in the churchyard. He was a member of the Kent Eleven and played for England in Australia in 1862. For much of his life he worked for the 6th Earl of Darnley who was noted for his sponsorship of cricket. In his 20 years playing for England George scored 4,199 ‘first class’ runs and took 612 wickets. The grandparents of the novelist H.G. Wells are also buried there.
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