Sunday 13th November 2016
|Welcome Nave Artefacts Good Bye Thank You Read Me|
The parish church of St Mary's dates back to 1187, and was originally linked to the Abbey of Lisle Dieu, in Normandy. The Grade I listed church has an interesting "candle-snuffer" steeple with an octagonal pyramid surmounting a square one; the "candle-snuffer" construction suggests that the steeple may have been used as an easily recognisable landmark for ships on the Thames. Sir Francis Drake's father was "prayer-reader" to the Medway fleet and then became the church's vicar in 1560.
We enter the church by the nave, with its interesting roof. We have come on time; the churchwarden has not yet locked up, and she leaves the lights on for us to enable us to appreciate the historical and artistic features of this church.
The church in Upchurch has some interesting artefacts, although the parish church in Newington definitely wins on the "artefact score". Amongst the items in Upchurch's church to catch our gaze is an almost obligatory "List of Benefactions to the Poor", as well as a monument, high up on the wall, to a particular John Peek Esq..
Six shillings and eight pence out of the Parsonage
due at Michaelmas.
Ten shillings out of the field called High field
Otram [Otterham?] Farm due at Michaelmas.
Ten shillings worth of Bread out of the Farm
called Slains [?] Farm given on Maunday Thursday.
Two Acres of Woodland lying at Herst Wood,
which said piece of woodland has, with the
unanimous consent of a Vestry meeting been
exchanged with the RIGHT HONOURABLE SACKVILLE
EARL of THANET, for another piece of woodland
called Little Breachwood, containing two
Acres, two Roods, situated adjoining to and on
the west side of Breach Lane in this parish.
It's time once again to take our leave of our short dip into local history. The homeward "leg" of our walk beckons, so that we can reach Newington "before candlelight".
We visited this church on Fraser and Vera's enjoyable late autumn walk on 13th November, 2016. (I give the link in case you reached this page from other pages not directly connected with the this walk). Thank you, Fraser and Vera, and thank you to all on this walk for your enjoyable company.