St Paul, Rusthall, Kent - 19th July 2003

Rusthall church was consecrated in 1850; the aisle was added later.

My mother and other members of her family were baptised in this church.

St Paul, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - MTC

Here is a picture of the church from the Pelton's Guide to Tunbridge Wells, 1898, which contains the description below the image:

St Paul, Rusthall, Kent - Pelton - 1898

"St. Paul's, Rusthall, stands on a conspicuous site near the road leaving over Rusthall Common, and its tower is quite a landmark, being seen from almost every direction at great distances.  The church was consecrated in August, 1850, and originally accommodated 520 persons; but the aisle which was subsequently added, largely increased the capacity of the building. Its architecture is much and justly admired.  The graveyard is quiet and attractive spot, and contains many elegant and costly tombs.  The first interment was that of Charlotte Jeffrey Empson, and a few years after, her father, William Empson, son-in-law of Lord Jeffrey.  The twelfth Earl of Buchan, William Selwyn, Q. C., and George R. Porter, are among the notable persons buried here.  A very beautiful reredos has been presented to this church, by J. Stone-Wigg, Esq.  It was designed by Jo. Norton, Esq., architect, and executed by Mr. Farmer, of Westminster Road.  Sunday services: morning, 11; afternoon, 3.30; evening, 6.30.  Week-days: Litany every Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon.  Holy Communion, 8 a.m., every Sunday; fourth Sunday in the month, 10 a.m.; first and third Sundays in the month after morning prayer.  Baptisms on the last Sunday of the month at afternoon service.  Hymns Ancient and Modern are used. The Rev. F. F. Walrond, M. A. (one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral) is the vicar.

There is a neat Parish Room, where services are held, at the lower end of the Common near the old Workhouse."

Here is one of the "elegant and costly tombs"!

Monument, St Paul, Rusthall, Kent - 19th July 2003 - MTC

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