The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

 The Middle Ages saw the end of feudalism in England and the rise of the enterprising middle classes. Very little was done to alter the fabric of the church during this period. Most of the windows were however enlarged to let in more light and the present doorway in the north wall was opened up.

In 1694 Cromwell came to power and heralded the Puritan approach to religion. Legend has it that the holes in the door to the church were caused by Cromwell’s soldiers pursuing a cavalier racing to reach the sanctuary of the church!

In 1660 it became compulsory to have a Royal Arms in church and those of Charles II were presented to Darenth by Edmund Davenport. Originally placed over the chancel arch, they were subsequently moved to their present position over the south door.
 
Cromwellian Door
 
Cromwellian Door
 
 
 
Coat of Arms of Charles II
 
 Coat of Arms Charles II