St. Mary’s is a much loved, beautiful place of prayer and worship, dating in part possibly from the 13th Century. It is large for the size of the village, with some significant monuments; both of these features relate to its association with Chilham Castle. It has a peal of eight bells, which attract bell ringers from beyond the community. Chilham is stunning village located about 6 miles from Canterbury. The village welcomes tourists all year round who flock to walk its quaint traditional streets, the castle which sits right on the edge of the village square, and of course the church. The church recently received a visit from Leslie Smith of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) who prepared a lovely document about St Mary's stained glass windows and can be read here, we are extremely grateful to him for letting us share it with you.
The church is open to visitors every day and there is plenty of information in the church to help you explore. Keep an eye out for the quiz, walking guide, and information plaques dotted around the church at places of interest.
Please also look at our new Friends of St Mary's Chilham website It has lots of historical facts about our church accompanied by stunning photographs of both inside and outside our church as well as current news and events.
St Mary's Chilham
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