Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Monday, 9 October 2017

St Helen's Church Cliffe, Kent. Part 2

Hi again, final part of this wonderful church.

Same church slightly different angle.

The Sedilia, a set of stone seats for the clergy.

Beautifully polished brass in the choir stalls.

Seating in the choir stalls showing the ornate carvings.

19th century window with work being carried out by a 21st century volunteer below.

The roof above the Chancel with its "new" screen.

The Royal Arms.

View across the centre of the Nave showing the central pillars.

One of the pillars with its original medieval chevron markings uncovered in the restoration of 1897.

Broken pieces of glass from old windows found in the corner of the church, refitted into the south side window, thought to depict Cooling Castle and a boat.

More  "medieval" glass found and reset into the south window, on close examination two heads, one with a crown and two hands can be seen.

Looking towards the chancel from the naive, note the original thick ancient tie-beam across the naive.

Lastly the entrance porch with its lovely flowers.

I must say that Sue and I had a very warm welcome on both visits and all the congregation bent over backwards to answer the many questions we put to them. We were welcomed with open arms and I wish to thank you all for a very enjoyable visit not forgetting the cake competition. 
Mike and Sue Goodes


  1. Hi Michael, thanks for a second showing of the church, heard you and Sue were recruited to judge the cakes, hope you didn't eat too many, I know how you like cakes, it's it lovely to see so many people active at this church, so busy with keep it clean and tidy. The windows are beautiful,and love the pattern wall to the entrance to the church, another lovely blog. Margaret.

  2. Thanks Margaret, yes it was a great visit. Still looking into its history, a fascinating place. Glad you liked it. I held back on the cakes.