Autumn colours at Bedgebury Pinetum

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St Margaret Wychling, near Doddington, Kent

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASt Margaret Wychling is another Downs church. On the edge of woodland and has splendid views – and an impressive musicians’ gallery. Read about it on John E Vigar’s website.

St Catherine’s, Kingsdown – a small Pugin church tucked away in the Kent Downs

Built in 1861, St Catherine’s is the only surviving Anglican church designed by EW Pugin. It is said to have one of the most complete Victorian interiors in Kent and to be just as Pugin intended, including red glass in the chancel windows that produce a striking, moody effect.

The exterior has Pugin’s characteristic pointed features – ┬áreaders might smile, as I did, to notice that when he was called on to draw a kiosk for the cliff top at Ramsgate, it too got the ‘pointy’ treatment.

For more information about St Catherine’s see John E Vigar’s Kent Churches website and the Churches Conservation Trust website.