Last year on a visit to see my daughter & family in Kent, we were on a bypass and I saw the tower of St Mary’s Church in Sevington near Ashford, soaring into the sky. Oh we just had to go and explore that one..…..well I did, the others are more into ruins than whole buildings……never mind their loss. Its quite a walk to the church as it is cut off from the village by the Southern Orbital Road, which was the road we had been on. I did past two men with shotguns, and their dogs, I think I gave them a surprise, but they kept their guns pointed down. When I arrived at the church, I just knew it would be locked and it was, you could go and get the key, but that meant going all the way back, so one day I will get the key before hand.
This is a wonderful Ragstone church, Kent churches always seem so different, like a wonderful mishmash of different styles, but in away that looks like its meant to be, like the beautiful Oast houses that you see. The cat slide roof swoops down to nearly ground level and is attached to a two staged tower and spire. The church was altered by the Normans in about 1200, so the church was most probably Saxon, it was also altered in the 13th & 14th century and 1877 & 1936. The name Sevington probably derives from the Anglo Saxon Saigtu tun meaning ‘The Homestead of Saigfu’
From our visit June 2013