Visit to Tudeley and Capel

07 July 2016

10:30 - 14:00

All Saint's Church
United Kingdom
TN11 0NZ

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We will meet at Tudeley Church for a 10.30 start, and photograph there during the morning. A pub lunch can be arranged at the Dovecote Inn, please let the organiser know before Wed 6th July to make bookings, alternatively bring a picnic lunch. After lunch we shall photograph at St Thomas á Becket in Capel.

A place of worship has existed in Tudeley since the seventh century, then one of only four in the Weald. The sandstone footings of the nave and tower may date from before the Norman conquest, and the church is listed in the Domesday Book. The majority of the existing structure was created in the later medieval period, during the 13th and 14th centuries. After their teenage daughter died in a sailing accident, Sir Henry and Lady D'Avigdor-Goldsmith, who owned the near-by Somerhill House, commissioned Russian-French artist Marc Chagall to design a stained glass window, he ended up designing all twelve.The last windows were installed in 1985, just before Chagall's death.

St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel, (now redundant) contains some lovely 12th century wall paintings depicting Cain and Abel, and Christ's entry to Jerusalem, originally there to help those who could not read, learn the stories of the Bible. Outside is a yew tree under which Thomas  Becket himself is supposed to have preached.

Medieval wall paintings at St Thomas á Becket, discovered in 1927


More details to be confirmed

There is no charge for photography at either church, but participants are requested to make donations to both church boxes.


Feature photo detail of Tudeley Church stained glass window by Chelin Miller



Chelin Miller
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Region: South EastSIG(s): Archaeology and Heritage