St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone

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St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone
St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone, from the southeast
St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone is located in Kent
St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone
St Bartholomew's Church, Goodnestone
Location in Kent
Coordinates: 51°19′00″N 0°55′56″E / 51.3166°N 0.9322°E / 51.3166; 0.9322
OS grid reference TR 044 616
Location Goodnestone, Kent
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Dedication Saint Bartholomew
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 24 January 1967
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Materials Flint, tiled roof

St Bartholomew's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Goodnestone, Kent, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] The village is some 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Faversham, to the west of the A299 road.[2][3]


St Bartholomew's is a Norman church built in the 12th century.[1][2] Alterations and additions were made in the 14th and 15th centuries.[1] The porch was rebuilt in 1837 after it had been damaged by an earth tremor.[2] In 1876 the church was restored at a cost of £400 (equivalent to £30,000 in 2016).[1][4] The church was declared redundant on 1 June 1985, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 14 November 1996.[5] In 1997 extensive repairs were undertaken.[6] The church is open daily to visitors.[2]


The church is constructed in flint with a tiled roof. Its plan is simple, consisting of a nave with a north porch, and a chancel. On the west gable is a wooden bellcote. In the north and south wall are lancet windows, otherwise the windows are Perpendicular in style. The west window has three lights and the east window has two. The stained glass in the east window is by Thomas Willement, and it is possible that the glass in the west window is by the same designer. The chancel arch dates from the 14th century. In the chancel is a combined piscina and sedilia. In the nave is another piscina and a rood stair. The north wall of the chancel contains a tomb recess.[1] The font is small and dates from the 19th century.[2]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard is a chest tomb dating from the early 19th century that has been listed at Grade II.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St Bartholomew, Goodnestone (1069144)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 October 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d e f St Bartholemew's Church, Goodnestone, Kent, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  3. ^ Goodnestone, Streetmap, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  4. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ Diocese of Canterbury: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 2, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  6. ^ Kent Churches: Goodneston (Faversham) — St. Batholomews (PDF), Kent Family History Society, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  7. ^ Historic England, "Chest tomb to Stone family about 5 metres south of Church of St Batholomew, Goodnestone (1069145)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 October 2013