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St Nicholas Church, Thanington Without

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St Nicholas Low beside the road to Canterbury and outside its walls, St Nicholas is a church that has seen many changes. An odd plan of nave with north tower, chancel and south nave chapel, it is built of local flints. Yew trees, the largest of which has an enormous round seat encompassing it, dominate the exterior. Inside the church has been recently re-ordered and the stone floor replaced by one of solid wood - a vast improvement. The pulpit and most of the nineteenth century stonework is by William Butterfield. In the nave are two gothic tablets to the Cooper family but apart from that there are few memorials to be seen. The east window of the south chapel has a fine piece of 20th century glass of The Good Shepherd contrasting with the earlier Mary and Elizabeth in its south windows. The plain arch into the tower shows the difference between medieval and later stonework and now leads to the church room added further down the slope and completely invisible from the south side of the church. The piscina is a wonderful piece of Victorian inventiveness with scrolly end stops and lobed inner arch whilst set into a recess in the east wall is a fascinating statue of St Nicholas the patron saint, with two children at his feet looking just as if they had stepped out of an Enid Blyton book!










Rev Clive Todd, Vicar of St Nicholas Church, Thanington Without

At present there is no Vicar of the Parish.

For any enquiries about the church, times of services or about baptisms, weddings and funerals, please contact:

The Revd Richard Owen 01227 784430 or 07789 923516

or one of the churchwardens:

Caroline Mettam 01227 463622


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Photographs of St Nicholas Church, Thanington Without

Doorway to Saint Nicholas Church, Thanington Without Gateway to Saint Nicholas Church, Thanington Without
Church Hall to Saint Nicholas Church, Thanington Without West End of Saint Nicholas Church, Thanington Without


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A view of the six bells in St Nicholas Church Belfry, Thanington Without


A view of the six bells in St Nicholas Church Belfry, Thanington Without

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Details of the Bells at St Nicholas Church, Thanington Without

Bell Weight Diameter Cast Founder Inscription
Treble 2-3-20 22 1/2 Inches 1968 John Taylor & Co * John Taylor & Co. *
Founders * Loughborough
1966/The Ashenden Bell
Second 3-0-8 24 Inches 1948 Gillett & Johnston In memoriam/1939-1945
19(G)/Gillett & Johnson/
Croydon
Third 3-1-12 25 Inches 1948 Gillett & Johnston In memoriam/1939-1945
19(G)/Gillett & Johnson/
Croydon
Fourth 3-2-13 26 5/8 Inches 1624 Joseph Hatch ioseph hatch made me (H)
1624
Fifth 4-3-22 29 1/2 Inches 1638 John Palmer John Palmar-Palmar..made..
This bell.. George Hooper.
Arter.. Rvck.. Wardens/1638
Tenor 4-2-5 31 1/4 Inches 1623 Joseph Hatch ioseph hatch made me (H)
1623

A treble fitted in 1948 as a War Memorial Right - The Ashenden Bell
Fitted 1968


Left - Treble
Fitted 1948
The Ashenden Bell fitted in 1968


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