Secret church

Yesterday I visited the commons around Sevenoaks and Westerham in Kent.  They are included in the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project, funded by the Heritage Lottery.

One of the commons is Seal Chart, and to reach it we walked past St Lawrence’s church (grid reference TQ 574552) just north-east of the hamlet of Stone Street.  The church is evidently Victorian with gable windows which have the appearance of a house.

Seal church 2

St Lawrence’s church with its gable windows

We had time to pop inside but the light was fading and as we could not switch on the lights we could not appreciate it fully.  However, the stained glass was intricate with a pre-Raphaelite quality,  and I was keen to look up when I got home.

I turned to the Pevsner guide, West Kent and the Weald by John Newman.  However, I could find no mention of the church; there is no entry for Seal Chart nor for Stone Street.  Nor is the internet helpful, the church’s own website has nothing about the architecture nor the stained glass.  The best I could find was this.


St Lawrence’s church from the road

It is strange that this interesting church is such a well-kept secret.  I hope that will be remedied.


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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Secret church

  1. Robert Coles says:

    Hi Kate

    Can you change my e mail address to

    Thanks in advance


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