St Augustine, Brookland (TN29 9QR)

Exterior view of St Augustine, Brookland - © 2014 Ian Hamilton

Exterior view of St Augustine, Brookland – © 2014 Ian Hamilton

St Augustine is famous for its detached wooden bell tower that stands in front of the church. The tower was built in the second half of the 13th century as an open structure and was doubled in height to its present 18m (60ft) and clad with shingles in the 15th century. The fine interior of this 13th century church contains the highest box pews on the Marsh and a double decker-pulpit complete with sounding board. A medieval wall painting of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket survives in the southeast chapel, and a Norman lead font is still in use in the nave.

Text copyright © 2014 Joan Campbell

The font at St Augustine, Brookland - © 2014 John Hendy

The font at St Augustine, Brookland – © 2014 John Hendy