Rolvenden, St Mary the Virgin
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 18th-century squire's pew, raised up above the chapel
The simple hexagonal font was the gift of the Culpepper and Guildford families and is embellished with their brightly painted coats of arms. Nearby is a holy water stoup from the 15th century.
The most interesting feature of the church can be found in the south chapel. Well, not precisely in the chapel, but above it. Raised above the chapel is a squire's pew, or gallery, built for the Gybbon family, owners of Hole Park. This is furnished like a domestic room, with carpeting, comfortable chairs, and a table. From here the squire and his family could look on in comfort while the service went on below them.
In the chapel are the Gybbon vault and a very nice memorial to Robert Gybbon (d. 1719) and his numerous offspring. A descendant of Robert was Edmund Gibbons, author of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
In the sanctuary is a 13th-century piscina for washing communion vessels.
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About Rolvenden, St Mary the Virgin
Address: Rolvenden, Kent, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the A28 3 miles west of Tenterden
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Tenterden, St Mildred - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Newenden, St Peter's Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Smallhythe Place - 3.1 miles (Historic Building)
Great Dixter Gardens - 4.2 miles (Garden)
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