TQ7038 : St Margaretís church, parish of Horsmonden, and its history

taken 23 years ago, near to Goudhurst, Kent, Great Britain

St Margaretís church, parish of Horsmonden, and its history
St Margaretís church, parish of Horsmonden, and its history
The parish of Horsmonden extends to about nine square miles and its church, St Margaretís, stands on a gentle slope looking across the Teise valley towards the hilltop village of Goudhurst just a mile away. It was during the 14th century that Henry de Grofhurst, Rector of the Parish for fifty years, built the church in this commanding spot in the south of the parish using the local Wealden sandstone. Some two centuries later the present village of Horsmonden became established on the Heath centred on the new iron foundry (gun making) and broadcloth industries that became established there. See TQ6941 : Furnace Pond: Horsmonden's 17th century iron foundry and TQ7139 : Broadford: an old "Clothmaster's Hall"). This is why Horsmonden village is some two miles away from its parish church.

Foremost among the antiquarian treasures in St Margaret's is a contemporary brass portrait in the chancel floor of Henry de Grofhurst, the builder, engraved about 1340. Looking down on the congregation from the south wall is the sculptured marble head of John Read (1760-1847), gardener and handyman to the Rector of the time. Read was also an inventor of exceptional ingenuity. Many of his clever ideas were taken up. Among them were his methods for hop-drying and for the treatment of blown cattle. In 1823 he astonished the medical establishment by successfully demonstrating the very first stomach pump, an unpretentious invention which must have relieved a great deal of suffering. Ref: Cronk, Anthony "St Margaret's Church, Horsmonden" (3rd Edition 1995). Good photos of the main features of this interesting old church are at LinkExternal link , also see Gallery at: LinkExternal link and full article on Horsmonden at: LinkExternal link
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TQ7038, 165 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
1996   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 11 August, 2008
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 703 381 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.0123N 0:25.9422E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 703 381
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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