St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The church consists of a nave, chance and west tower surmounted by a wooden belfry and pyramidal tiled spire.

 St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The nave, looking east towards the chancel.  The four windows are 14th century in style, and some contain pieces of the original glass.  Above the south door is a blocked Norman window.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

A view from the chancel into the nave.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The stained glass windows are shown on a separate page here, or by clicking on the small image below.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The font, situated in the south west corner of the nave.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The small pipe organ in the north east corner of the nave.  It was purchased from Old Shoreham Parish Church in 1952, and after a complete overhaul was installed here and dedicated in January 1953.  It only has five speaking stops and is therefore one of the smallest two-manual and pedal organs in the country.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The Reredos is the work of Mr Kruger Gray, FSA.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The Royal Arms of George III hang over the chancel arch, they are dated 1774.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

Near the south door, and contemporary with the Royal Arms hangs a Hatchment of Lord Justice Luxmoor who lived at the nearby Priory.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

The bell hangs under its own small roof at the base of the tower - deafening for the ringer?!  It is hung here as the belfry is no longer strong enough to carry its 9cwt weight.  The inscription reads "In mullets anise resonate Campaighn Jonah's" - which translated means, "For many a year the bell of John shall sound".  The casting of the bell was paid for by Henry Jordan, a citizen and fishmonger of London, in the 15th century.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

These blocked openings are in the south east corner of the nave.  There appear to have been a doorway with window above, the higher entrance may have been to a rood loft.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

I assume this statue depicts the patron saint.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

 Here is an external view of the tower from the north west.  The weathervane was given by the Walter family of Folkestone to replace that lost in the Great Storm of 1987.  It is said to have come from the old Seamen's Institute in Lowestoft.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

This coat of arms - dated 1590, is on the west wall of the tower just below the shingles.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

A view of this lovely building from the south west.

St Peter & St Paul, Bilsington, Kent - 16th October 2005

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