Stoke Church, Kent

The odd looking little church stands in the tiny village of Upper Stoke on the southern edges of the Hoo Peninsula. Stoke is a split village, with Upper, Middle and Lower parts, but only the one church.

The church dates to around 1120 and is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. Little other history seems to be available for it, but the bulk of the church which stands today certainly dates to later than 1120. At a guess it is 14th Century with some Victorian tinkering – although not too much.

The most interesting thing is probably the truncated tower, which was either finished off like this because a spire at some stage stood atop it and was removed, or possibly because money ran out when building it. So instead of the usual Kentish style of a crenellated roof you get a strange flattened pyramid affair which certainly makes the church look unfinished.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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