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Flower Festivals

- 1984 - Village Life
- 1986 - Saints and Seasons
- 1988 - All Good Gifts Around Them (44 Images)
- 1990 - No Records
- 1992 - Songs of Praise (55 Images)
- 1994 - Poetry and Prose
- 1996 - No Records
- 1998 - Love and Marriage - Programme Only (2 Images)
- 2000 - Kent our County (59 Images)
- 2002 - Golden Jubilee (26 Images)
- 2004 - Our Prayers and Praises (67 Images)
- 2004 - Verses


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1984 Flower Festival: Village Life

We have 56 images archived (selection below) and the Programme for this Flower Festival, which contains a short history of the Church.

  • Lynsted Church in 1984 Lynsted Church in 1984
  • Lynsted Church in 1984 Lynsted Church in 1984
  • Roper Mausoleum Roper Mausoleum
  • Programme for 1984 Flower Festival Programme for 1984 Flower Festival
  • Sisters Celia Reynolds and Marlene King Sisters Celia Reynolds and Marlene King
  • Pearl Fisher Pearl Fisher
  • Lynn French with Rebecca Lynn French with Rebecca
  • The Vicarage Q The Vicarage Q
  • In Memoriam - S In Memoriam - S
  • Girls Brigade - P Girls Brigade - P
  • History of the Village - O History of the Village - O
  • Faith - N Faith - N
  • Choir and Altar - M Choir and Altar - M
  • Sale of Craft and Plants - L Sale of Craft and Plants - L
  • Cottage Gardener - K Cottage Gardener - K
  • Womens Institute - J Womens Institute - J
  • Marriage - I (Rood Screen Stair) Marriage - I (Rood Screen Stair)
  • Men Of Kent - G Men Of Kent - G
  • Village Shop and Post Office - F Village Shop and Post Office - F
  • Greyhound Kennels (Stedlyn) - E Greyhound Kennels (Stedlyn) - E
  • St Johns School - D St Johns School - D
  • Lynsted and Norton School - D Lynsted and Norton School - D
  • Christening (Font Top) - C Christening (Font Top) - C
  • Farming (Porch) - A Farming (Porch) - A


A short history of the Church was included in the programme, which read:


The first documentary evidence of a church at Lynsted is 1229. This is a note of a gift of the then Archbishop, Stephen Langton to this brother , Simon, Archdeacon of Canterbury. The date of the oldest part of the church is thought to be around 1180. This is in the region of the tower where a different arrangement of walls can be seen. There is the outline of a door with a holy water stoop and the outline of a roof. Some authorities have thought that at one time the church and tower were separate. The tower itself is 14th century.

The main structure of the church is flint but much restoration work has been carried out often in brick and stone. Again the church seems to have been altered and added to at various times. The arcades are, for example, of different dates probably 14th and 15th century. We know from a will that one arch was built in 1481 and it was probably the one by the pulpit. Here may be seen the remains of the rood loft in the shape of a flight of stairs. The rood loft itself was destroyed at the Reformation. The rood loft steps themselves are a mystery. Do they represent a different level from at present, in other words has the floor been lowered or was there another step which has since been removed?

The windows are of various dates. The chancel and those in the north chapel are early 16th century while those in the south chapel are earlier. In the south wall of this chapel is perhaps a 13th century light.
None of the original glass remains. The south chapel is now called the Roper Chapel from the family which owned it. In the chapel are several tombs including a very fine one by Evesham. There is a fine collection of hatchments in this chapel now taken down for possible restoration. On the outside of the church is a mausoleum belonging to the family containing many members of it.

The north chapel was connected with the manor of Sewards but passed to the Hugesson family in the 17th century. Here, too, are several fine tombs and memorials.

There are five bells the earliest being 1597. Others date from 1600, 1639 and one of unknown date but because it is by Robert Nott must be around 1600. Two have been restored.

The organ is a Walker and was built around 1800.

The candelabra dates from 1679 and is in memory of Dr. Eve a former vicar. Part of it was hidden in the tower and only found during the early part of this century.

Signs of war damage can be seen; a small bomb hit the roof of the north chapel and severely damaged the roof but luckily spared most of the church. The opposite arcade is out of true. Signs of a severe fire in the early seventeenth century can be seen on the stonework which has become discoloured. At this time the remains of the chancel screen were burnt."