St Mark's Church, Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - 10th January 2004

The tall spire of this church is something of a landmark and can be seen from many miles around.  I have always considered the tower rather too narrow and out of proportion with the rest of the building, however its height is certainly impressive!

The tower and spire are more than 130 feet high.

St Mark's Church Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - 10th January 2004 - MTC

The image and text below is from the 1898 Pelton's Guide to Tunbridge Wells:

St Mark's Church Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Pelton - 1898

"To meet the wants of this district, the late Earl of Abergavenny, in the most liberal manner, at his sole cost, erected a very handsome church, with a vicarage-house attached to it (now let as a private residence), both built from the design and under the superintendence of R. L. Roumieu, F.R.S.B.A.  The first stone of this edifice, which is dedicated to St Mark, was laid on the 20th of October, 1864, by the then Countess of Abergavenny, and the building was opened for Divine Service on the 21st August, 1866.  The style is the French Gothic of the fourteenth century, and it is built of stone from the Earl's quarries, with Bath stone for the carved work.  The tower, together with the slender spire with which it is surmounted, is above 130ft. high, and is visible from almost every eminence within many miles.  The church has souble transepts, the smaller ones forming an organ chamber on one side, and a screened-off vestry on the other.  The choir is raised by several steps above the nave, and the walls of the chancel are decorated with encaustic tiles and mosaics; tow wall paintings in outline, on the sides, represent Christ led to crucifixion, and His last entry into Jerusalem.  The transept windows are of stained glass, one representing the four major Prophets and the other the four Evangelists. They are a memorial to the late Earl.  The pulpit and font are of beautifully carved Caen stone. The roof is open timber. The interior, which is very original, has a pleasing effect, and is a very good specimen of the French Gothic of that date, which stands pre-eminent for its beauty, both of detail and general proportion.  It is lit with electric light.  Sunday services: morning, 11; evening 6.30.  Week-day services: Wednesday at 11; Friday at 5 p.m. (during the winter Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.30). Baptisms and Children's service on the last Sunday of the month at 3.30 p.m.  Holy Communion after morning service on the second and last Sundays of each month; on other Sundays at 8 a.m.; during the winter at 8.30 a.m.  Hymnal Companion (third edition) is used.  The Rev. J. H. Townsend, D.D., is the vicar and surrogate."

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St Mark's Church, Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells

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