St Mary the Virgin, Bishopsbourne

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Bishopsbourne's main claim to fame is that Richard Hooker was the Rector here from 1595 - 1600. Hooker, one of the fathers of Anglicanism, is known for his 8-volume 'Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity'. The church also boasts mediaeval wall paintings, a Burne-Jones stained glass window, and William Morris design tiles around the chancel walls. Bishopsbourne is now in a group of churches, along with Barham, Kingston, Womenswold and Adisham.

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Rev Stefan Thomas
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(01227) 668190 or 01227 668090 (Administrator's Office)

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Morning Prayer
A traditional sung Prayer Book Evensong, with choir.
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion
A traditional Eucharist in a delightful old country church.
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings


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Church Open Normally open all day
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 11883
Built: Norman13th Century
Style of worship: Traditional
Our Patron: Archbishop of Canterbury
Archdeaconry: CANTERBURY (561)
Deanery: East Bridge (56101)
Benefice: The Barham Downs (06/015CF)
Parish Legal Name: Bishopsbourne (560009 )
CofE Church Info: (606009 6/9)
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The current editor is: Stefan Thomas

This page was last updated on Tuesday 12th September 2017
St Mary the Virgin : Park Lane, Bishopsbourne, Kent, CT4 5HS

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