Yalding Church Preservation Society

an independent charitable trust Charity No:1075662

Yalding Church

Yalding Church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, was built of ragstone in 13th century, on the site of an earlier, probably wooden church,which is recorded in the Domesday Book. Additions were made in the following two centuries and various restorations in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It has been the largest building in Yalding for more than 700 years, and when it was built would have been the subject of great awe amongst its parishioners. It is a light and airy church, unlike many, and is full of interest, from its leaded ogee dome to its window engraved by Lawrence Whistler in memory of the famous local poet, Edmund Blunden.

It has a full peal of bells, which most of us hear every week, ringing their joyful message. Many of us, devotees or not, pass through its doors regularly. It is a symbol of community and continuity in our village, and needs our support for its maintenance. It is a big church and it must always have been, as it is now, expensive to maintain. Over the ages, in less prosperous times than we live in now, our ancestors must have spent a considerable part of their fortune on first building it, then looking after it. We owe it to them and to our posterity to keep it going.

Although it is a broad and dignified church there are no noblemen commemorated in it. In fact there are few memorials and they are all quite modest.

Yalding does not appear to have ever enjoyed the patronage of a magnate. If this is true it makes it a very democratic church which must have drawn its support from a large number of relatively small contributions.

An example for us all today!

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