After visiting St. Mary's Church, I then walked to the other end of the square to where the entrance gate to Chilham Castle is.
It really isn't Chilham Castle, as all that is left of Henry II's Norman Castle, is the ruined Keep.
This is a 17th century Manor House, built on the 300acre's of grounds that include terraces and Rose gardens.
Until the mid-90's, the castle was the home of the Jousting Association of Great Britain, but now the park is used as an equestrian cross country course.
As an Australian, it was interesting for me to read, that the Australian Cricket team played here on their second test tour in 1878. The painting is hanging in the National Library, in Canberra, Australia.
St. Mary's Church is located on one end of the Town Square. I noticed this Church, so took the short walk to have a look at it and the old cemetery.
Now, this Church is OLD!
It is believed that St. Mary's Church was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.
An Anglo-Saxon called Sired, owned the land and built the Church.
I didn't go up the tall Tower, built in 1727, but read there are magnificent views of the Downs, the Stour Valley, and the Tower of Canterbury Cathedral. Perhaps it is open somedays?
The ancient Yew tree outside the church was partly removed, so the Village could still see the clock dial on the ChurchTower.
I did go inside the Church, and it had some lovely stained glass windows.
Outside, the "Queen Anne' Vicarage, built in 1746 is still standing,
Summer months, and they open a tea room to enjoy that cuppa in peaceful surroundings.
A very old, historical church, interesting if you like stepping back in time like me!
Chilham village has been described as nearly the "most beautiful village in Kent."
We drove into the village and parked the car in the pretty town square. Here were black & white half-timbered building's from the Jacobean & Tudor era's, and many flower's, it really was charming! If you wanted a meal, there was a Cafe and the "The White Horse,' the local village pub dating back to the 16th century.
After a wander in the town square, then I explored the side lanes where I found a lot more half-timbered homes with flower boxes, and even an old style car parked in the street.
It is well worth the short detour if you like stepping back in time.
Located near Canterbury, and you would pass by the turn-off on your way to Leed's Castle.
This is the name of the local pharmacy building, which happens to be an old half-timbered building.
What an unusual name for a Pharmacy.............
Well, in 1946, Robert Goodsall, bought the building and set about restoring the 15th century Hall House. On lifting the floor, the remains of saxon bodies were found, together with a small collection of weapons and miltary regalia . Archaeologist's believe they are 1,200 years old!
The Saxon Warrior Pharmacy is on the corner of Lenham High Street and Maidstone Road.
I had only just been to a St. Mary's Church in Chilham, when a few miles down the road, is another by the same name in Lenham.
This one is also a very old Church, dating back to 804AD, and has a Tomb inside dating back to 1471! Some of the Church was burnt down in an act of arson in 1297.
The Bell Tower was constructed the end of the 14th century, I don't know if the original was burnt down or they didn't have a Tower.
In the grounds are old graves and memorial's.
Located on Old Ashford Road, Lenham,
If you are like us, following the A 252, that changes into the A20, then you will pass through the village of Lenham.
I happened to see this little, old building with a historic sign beside it.
Built in the early 19th century, it was used as the local gaol to lock up the late night reveller's.
Sometime after World War 1, it was used as mortuary for people who had died in accident's, and also stranger's that happened to die in the Village. World War II, it was used as an air raid shelter, so this building has quite a history.