TQ5845 : Church of St Stephen

taken 4 months ago, near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

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Church of St Stephen
Church of St Stephen
The railway came to Tonbridge in 1842. The south end of the town developed rapidly as a result and the population quickly outgrew the existing parish church, St Peter and St Paul. In 1848 the vicar, Sir Charles Hardinge, paid 200 to buy the site for St Stephen's
St Stephen's was designed by the popular Victorian architect, Ewan Christian. He also designed St Saviour's, Tonbridge and St John's, Hildenborough and restored other Kent churches such as St Lawrence, Bidborough and St Nicholas', Sevenoaks.
The church was built by a local firm called Punnett and completed in 1853. The spire was built shortly afterwards and the north aisle added in 1866. The interior was originally plain, with no organ or stained glass. Apart from the east window, the stained glass we see today was designed by Morris & Co between 1910 and 1913.

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Date Taken
Friday, 12 October, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 11 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5865 4583 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.3807N 0:16.1339E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5869 4585
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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