The Five Churches

The five churches of the Benefice are all located around the beautiful King's Wood in Kent. Click the links above to read about each church.

Situated just a few miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury and the market town of Ashford, the Benefice of King’s Wood includes the five churches of Challock, Chilham, Crundale, Godmersham and Molash.


The area has a rich history.  Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Godmersham and King Henry VIII is said to have hunted in the 1500 acres of woodland, named ‘the King’s Wood’.  Visitors flock to these woods at bluebell time; the woods are also home to many animals such as deer, badgers and foxes.  The Forestry Commission now manage the woods and an “Arts in the Environment” project reflecting the living landscape in a creative way can be found in one area of the woods.  It features sculptures which draw on the natural landscape and materials, and creates art which works with the countryside.


Four of the five parishes in the King’s Wood Benefice have part of these famous woods within their boundaries; the fifth, Crundale, occupies a downland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  With the Pilgrim’s Way trail, which runs through Chilham, and a range of excellent footpaths, the area is popular with walkers.


All five churches actively worship and love to welcome locals and visitors to their services. See the churches' pages for service times and the events page and Benefice Newsletter for other local information.