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The church is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 13th century, consisting of a nave and chancel with a north aisle and smaller chancel. The original doorway was in the west wall, and the outline of this can still be seen on the external wall. In the 15th century a north tower was added, and entry to the church is now through a vaulted porch on the ground floor of the tower. In 1841-2 a vestry was added on the south side of the chancel. 

The church was extensively restored in 1873-4.
As part of the restoration the lead font dated 1628,
with seven repeated figures of naked Venus carrying
a torch, was replaced. The font was literally thrown
out, and was later retrieved from the churchyard and
is now back in the church.
Eythorne 1

The waggon vault roof and chancel arch are 19th century additions, as are the recesses either side of the East window which at one time held statues of Saint Peter and St Paul.
Eythorne 2 Notable features in the sanctuary are a
sedilia, or seat, with original carvings
and angel boss, and an unusual
double piscina used for washing
Communion vessels.

There is a further single piscina
in the smaller chancel, or Lady chapel,
also known as the Elmton Chancel.
Eythorne 3

The tower houses five bells, the two oldest and heaviest of which date from c.1440, and the third heaviest from1622. In 1896 these bells were rehung and a fourth was added. The treble bell was added in 1924, and the bells were all rehung on modern bearings in 1983.

The clock on the tower was installed in 1902 in memory of Queen Victoria, using money raised by the parishioners of Eythorne. It was subsequently refurbished in 1999 when the original black face was replaced with a blue one, and an automatic winding system was installed.

The church underwent extensive repairs in 2006 - 9, which included replacing the tower roof, repairing roof tiles, repointing the tower wall, and complete redecoration of the interior.


Sean Sheffield, 14/11/2020
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Churches in the Bewsborough Parish 

We are blessed with 5 wonderful Churches in our Parish. Click on the images below to visit each of them and find out what is going on.

St.Nicholas 1

St. Nicholas Church, Barfrestone  


St. Pancras 1

St. Pancras Church, Coldred


St Andrew 1    

St. Andrew's Church, Shepherdswell


St. Peter 1

St. Peter's Church, Whitfield

St. Peter & St. Paul  

St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, Eythorne & Elvington with Waldershare