THE CHURCH BUILDING

St Margaret's is a grade 1 listed building having been built around 940AD. It is said to be the 6th oldest church in England and the 3rd oldest church in Kent. It is mentioned in the Doomesday Book.

It is lucky to have an exceptional Norman font which is still in use for baptisms today and some interesting medieval wall paintings. The bells date back to the 15th century and are still in use athough they are no longer able to ring changes.

The building itself has a wide cross section of archtectural features which reflect the great age of the building. With a little perseverance reused carvings can be found built into the wall together with what are believed to be reused Roman roof tiles from the nearby Roman villa.

The churchyard contains some interesting graves including several war graves, a large number of Polish army graves and an uncommon grade 2 listed grave board.

The churchyard is available at all times however if you wish to visit the church outside the service times please contact the Vicar on 01322 227153 or click here and he will arrange for the Church to be opened for you. There is also guidebook to the Church available


. St Margaret's from the West side

 

Like many other Churches in the Dartford area we will be open from 9am - 1pm from September 12 - 15th for the Friends of Kent Churches Heritage Week, guide books, teas and informal guided tours will be avaialble.