St John the Baptist

An unusual and attractive Tudor building built in 1516-17 to replace a medieval chapel which was destroyed by fire when the hamlet of Small Hythe was burnt to the ground.

About this church

It is unusually constructed of red brick which it is thought may have been imported from the Low Countries in exchange for timber from the Weald of Kent. The stepped gables of the west and east walls indicate Dutch influence.

The porch was added in 1866.In this church Dame Ellen Terry worshipped and her funeral service was held here on 24th July 1928. Her home, Small Hythe Place, owned by the National Trust, is nearby.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mildred

Since 1461, the broad street of this busy little town and much of the countryside around has looked up to the elegant pinnacled tower of St Mildred's.

St Mary the Virgin

The church probably dates back to the 12th century and the two especially interesting architectural features are the tower and south porch.

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