St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth

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St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth
St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth, from the northwest
St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth is located in Kent
St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth
St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth
Location in Kent
Coordinates: 51°20′00″N 0°25′01″E / 51.3332°N 0.4170°E / 51.3332; 0.4170
OS grid reference TQ 684 621
Location Paddlesworth, Kent
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Dedication Saint Benedict
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 25 August 1959
Architectural type Church
Style Norman
Materials Ragstone rubble
Tiled roof

St Benedict's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Paddlesworth, Kent, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The church stands on the Pilgrims' Way, about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Snodland.[2][3]


The church dates from the early part of the 12th century, and was modified during the following century.[1] It closed as a church in 1678, and was then used for some 250 years for non-religious purposes.[2] It is located by a farm, and was used as a farm building.[2][4] The church was restored in the early 20th century, and again later in the century.[1]


St Benedict's is constructed in ragstone rubble, and has a tiled roof. Its plan is simple, consisting of two cells, a nave and a chancel. The windows and doors are round-headed. The interior is plain, and it contains a gallery added in the 19th century. Also in the nave is a cast iron candelabrum dating from the late 17th century.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Benedict, Snodland (1363120)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 October 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d St Benedict's Church, Paddlesworth, Kent, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 28 March 2011 
  3. ^ Paddlesworth, Streetmap, retrieved 28 March 2011 
  4. ^ Paddlesworth, St Benedict's Church, Britain Express, retrieved 28 March 2011 

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