YCPS has agreed to fund refurbishment of the church’s medieval chest, which is of considerable historical interest. Below is a brief summary of an expert report on the chest.
Medieval chest at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Yalding, Kent
The chest is clamp-fronted and its method of construction places it historically somewhere between the 13th and 16th centuries. It may well have been made specially for our church: a few others exist in Kent, some more elaborate. It would have been used to store valuables such as records, books, church silver, vestments and alms. The chest originally had pin hinges, the oldest type of hinge, but four generations of hinge have succeeded these, the last probably in 19th century. Similarly, four generations of locks are apparent. The best guess of its age is between 1350 and 1450.
This is a brief summary of a report supplied by Chris Pickvance who researches old Kentish furniture and is a member of the Regional Furniture Society.