Norman


Norman

The Normans must have come from Darenth soon after 1066 as, not long afterwards, they were building the magnificent castle at Rochester. They were also very zealous builders of churches – over 7,000 being built in the 100 years after 1066. Strength was the keynote of the Norman character and also of their buildings. Much of their early work was rough – it lacked grace and finish – but it has certainly stood the test of time.

The Normans needed larger churches, not only because the population was increasing but also to contain the more elaborate ritual which they had brought with them from the continent. So at Darenth they extended the church by building that beautiful solid chancel, with its three deeply-splayed round headed windows and its groined roof. They brought the stone all the way from Caen in Normandy, fashioned it with loving care and decorated it with paintings. They also added the magnificent font, which now stands at the back of the church.

 

 Three windows of Chancel
The three window's of the Chancel