Dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene
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Standing on hill in the centre of Cobham is the village's 13th century parish church which is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. As we appreciated, the church's particular claim to fame is its pavement of fifteen exceptional monumental brasses in the chancel, which also accommodates the finely sculptured Elizabethan Brook tomb. In the midst of all the cultural heritage, I had to be very selective in my photography!
The nave contains an interesting memorial on the wall and some nice stained glass. Of course, we were not subject to mistaken first impressions, for while the nave looked reasonably commonplace, it effectively guided us to what lay in the chancel beyond.
The Brook Tomb is a table tomb of alabaster and black marble and has effigies of Lord Cobham and his wife. The Cobham family was established here before the reign of King John, who himself reigned from 1199. The tomb is dated 1558 and was restored in 1860. The tomb is regarded as a particularly high quality sculpture for Elizabethan times
Fifteen brasses, dating from 1299-1450, form an impressive "pavement" below the Brook Tomb. Thirteen of the brasses date from 1320–1529 and commemorate members of the Brook and Cobham families. The pictures I took were dictated more by the available light and less by the subject.
The time has come to leave these fascinating links with England's past. A last look at the nave, the church porch and the tower. Then we head for the adjacent "College".
These pictures were taken by me on Sunday, 12th February 2017, on the first of Helen's Weald Way walks from Gravesend to Sole Street, to the web-based description of which you probably will return from this, our visit to Cobham's Saint Mary Magdalen's Church. Thank you Helen for suggesting and leading this walk. Thank you all for your good company on this walk.