Barfrestone. The beautiful little parish church lies at the southern end of the village. This is a real gem of Norman work dating to about 1150 when the village formed part of the estates of the de Port family. Presumably it was the de Ports who paid for the magnificent carvings that make this such a spectacular church, but nobody is certain. The glory of the church is the main doorway, carved with a representation of Christ in Glory surrounded by numerous figures of knights, hunters, ladies, cooks, musicians and other everyday folk of the time. The carvings seem identical in style to some of about the same date at Rochester Cathedral and were presumably carved by the same artists.
from "Teashop Drives in Kent" by Rupert Matthews.
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- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: SB Publications (15 Aug 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857703480
- ISBN-13: 978-1857703481
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21 cm