TQ4640 : Mary Magdalen Church, Cowden

near to Cowden, Kent, Great Britain

Mary Magdalen Church, Cowden
Mary Magdalen Church, Cowden
Cowden is a small village in West Kent. The village has a long history dating back to Saxon times. The name Cowden means Cow pasture. The village contains a large number of listed buildings.
Church of St Mary Magdalene
Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
The church is principally Decorated Gothic in style, with some Perpendicular Gothic elements. The nave was built first in the 13th century, followed by the chancel (late 13th- or early 14th-century) and the tower and its crooked spire (15th-century). Many of the internal fittings are of the same era. John Whichcord added an aisle and a gallery in 1838; a further restoration (1884 by W.O. Milne) took out the iron columns he added. World War II bomb damage to the spire has been repaired.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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