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.

All Saints, Birling, Kent

This is a fabulous old place that reflects the history of the Nevill family in addition to being a village church. The lady who lent me the key remembers that when she was a child the Nevills would arrive with their servants by a private door – the family would sit in castellated manorial pews on the left, while the servants sat opposite in order of seniority, starting of course with the butler.

‘This is still a feudal village,’ she remarked, but I didn’t take her too seriously, for the fields around seemed to me to have been enclosed and I saw no sign of a functioning tithe barn.

The wonderful Tudor ceiling came from a house.

For more information see John Vigar’s website and the Wikipedia.