Luddesdowne @ 150
Celebrate Luddesdowne Church’s 150th birthday!!
Come and join us in June as we celebrate Luddesdowne Church’s 150th birthday.
Maybe it seems a bit strange celebrating the 150th birthday of a church with a 14th century tower! Nevertheless, 1867 marked a new beginning in the life of our church. At Christmas 1865 the church was found to be in danger of collapse and so was taken down and rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, at a cost of £2042. It was therefore essentially a new church which was reopened and reconsecrated by the Bishop of Rochester Dr Wigram at a special service held on Wednesday 23 January 1867 (the order of service survives in the archives at Strood). Over the subsequent 30 years or so new furnishings, stained glass windows and the wall paintings were added, adorning the church and reflecting the high church Oxford Movement tastes of the rector the Revd Alfred Wigan and his family. The interior of the church has changed very little since then and has been described by the Victorian Society as “an outstanding example of a small medieval village church redecorated to the best Victorian taste”.
Come and join us as we celebrate the history and continuing mission of our beautiful parish church.