The history and heritage of St. Mary's church
We have a rich and varied history at St. Mary's going back between 1285 and circa 1305 with a later tower of the fourteenth century, the church was restored in 1875 by George Edmund Street. The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
Architecture and fittings
The church is constructed of Kentish knapped flint with ragstone quoins. It is of cruciform design, with nave, transepts, chancel and tower. The church has a number of features of particular note. The nave, transepts and crossing have "a magnificent series of c. 1300 timber rooves with large scissor-trussed rafters." The windows in the chancel are considered amongst the very best examples of Kentish tracery. The stained glass, although "much renewed in 1881 (has) enough glass of c.1294 to guarantee the authenticity of the whole." The brass of the medieval knight, Sir Robert de Septvans, is the one of the oldest in the country and you can more about him here. The church also contains monuments by Rysbrack and Thomas Scheemakers.
this has been taken from the wikipedia page for St. Mary's, Chartham, but a more personal history of the church will be appearing soon.