transcribed by G. Lamb, for the HRGS.


Poor Mary Magdalene


A village on the slope of the north Downs, with little character, it has one treasure in its church - the oldest copper plate in Kent, perhaps in England.  It has been used for communion for seven centuries, and only four others like it are known.

The beautiful church of the 13th century was pulled down and rebuilt, but there is old work left in the chancel and the chapel,


which have twelve lancet windows.  There are some quaint wooden carvings on the wall, apparently gargoyle caps from the old church.

A little way off is the site of one of Kent's deserted churches, poor foergotten St Mary Magdalene at Lidsing.  One of its doorways is in Restoration House in Rochester, and its bell rings certain Chatham workmen to their daily toil.  Old people here remember the heavily buttressed  chancel of this vanished church, and still tell the story of boys lighting fires in the chancels, of the parish chest being burst open and its papers scattered in the winds, and of the final disappearance of the ruins about 50 years ago.