Church of St Thomas a Becket

Church of St Thomas a Becket, Capel

Church of St Thomas a Becket

Church of St Thomas a Becket
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Philip B
eastbourne86 contributions
A well cared for church
Dec 2016 • Couples
Visited here for some grave research as well as looking at the church. Other reviewers have mentioned the paintings on the wall and the church history, all of which I echo. This is an old, unspoiled peaceful church. I do like the way that it is cared for by local people. We met a local man who was very friendly and offered us a guided tour, and he is one of a group of volunteers who work very hard to look after the church, keep it alive and record its history - copies the church records are easily accessible in the church, great for family researchers. I think they are doing a great job and deserve support.
Written January 22, 2017
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ggrahamm
Hastings, UK55 contributions
Visited on open buildings day
Sep 2016 • Couples
We loved this church when we first visited a few years ago. It has medieval paintings on the walls, a lovely atmosphere and is in a beautiful location. This time however when we visited during open buildings day it was full of stuff being sold and exhibited and someone playing music we didn't like. It had lost it's atmoshere and it was hard to see the paintings we wanted to see. Such a shame :-(
Written October 18, 2016
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KentEnglandLife
Chatham, UK2,461 contributions
Medieval Wall Paintings
Oct 2016 • Solo
While visiting another local church I was told to make sure I visit this church too.Its such a lovely little church and the grounds are kept in great condition.The 13th Century Wall Paintings are amazing and beautiful.While there a small group of people(volunteers maybe) were holding a service for a local man that died in battle 100 years to the day(1st Oct 2016). I stayed and enjoyed this moment too.A great visit and thank you to the people that I saw that day.
Written October 6, 2016
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James A
81 contributions
A little secret gem
Aug 2016 • Friends
This place is a well hidden secret. The murals are fascinating. That they survived all this time is a blessing. But actually, what's more interesting is the community involvement. Look at the work done in compiling background info on all those killed in WW1 & 2. Look at the work done in identifying local flora and fauna, and local walks.
Written August 30, 2016
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pilaster69
London, UK45 contributions
Really rather wonderful ...
Dec 2015 • Couples
A country church which has existed for some 800 years, and though it is showing its age, who can guees how many generations of worshippers have seen the glorious interior wall paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. Quite breathtaking in a way, and really rather wonderful. Particularly if, as my wife and I did, you almost stumble across the church after living in the area for some 30 years ....
Written February 21, 2016
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bkpkerluvs2travel
london108 contributions
Rude custodian
Jul 2015 • Friends
Very interesting church, which relies on people paying for a booklet to read any information. It would be better to have a minimal charge and have laminated descriptions on hand. Then people can purchase a more indepth book if need be.
Written January 3, 2016
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bkpkerluvs2travel
london108 contributions
Wall paintings
Jul 2015 • Friends
Try and get to this hamlet to see the church, with a history of Thomas a Beckett. Also wall paintings which are poorly maintained in a very damp church. There is no supervision of visitors, hence the paintings are exposed to damage by camera flashes. it's a game that there isn't a small charge, which could go towards the preservation of this disused church?
If locked get the key from the white house opposite.
Written July 9, 2015
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MrAndrewHaynes
London, UK445 contributions
Fascinating early 13th century wall paintings
May 2015 • Couples
If you are visiting All Saints Church, Tudeley, to view the magnificent windows designed by Marc Chagall, you should also find time to visit the nearby Church of St Thomas à Becket at Capel. This church has no 20th century stained glass but has some notable 13th century wall paintings, plus an ancient yew tree under which Thomas à Becket is said to have preached.

The church is now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and sees only occasional services. But it is is open to visitors daily from 10am to 4pm. (At other times during reasonable daylight hours a key can be obtained from the white farmhouse opposite.) There is a car park next to the church.
Written June 7, 2015
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LondonTraveller848
London, UK1,256 contributions
Unbelievable! Painting on the wall from year 1200 in a Norman Church
Jul 2014 • Friends
A stunning Norman church with 13 century wall paintings. The painting on the wall is from 1200 and 1250 by professionals, depicting scenes from the bible and the new testament.

Beautiful yew trees outside.

Most of the wall painting has been damaged but there is still a lot to see that remains from the fresco. Scenes depicted clearly: the last supper, entry to Jerusalem, Magdalena in the garden and Cain killing Abel.

I read in the brochure that the Cain scene is surprising yet not unique - apparently it symbolises the crucifixion.

What an amazing church!
Written August 5, 2014
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Church of St Thomas a Becket is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM