Ruxley TQ 4871
Kent Directions: Located between Foots Cray and Swanley
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Photograph of watercolour by H Petrie, F.S.A. 1809

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Ruxley’s little church was impoverished as early as 1557. Redundant for centuries, it still stands as a barn at the Ruxley Manor Garden Centre (whose owners still in 2001 knew it as St.Botolph’s Church). It is at the top of their big car park and is described as a Medieval Church built during the 13th century.

The church was actually deconsecrated in 1557 by Cardinal Pole and, for over 400 years, it was used as a barn and storehouse for farm equipment. However, even today it retains some of its original features. In the 1960’s some archaeological work discovered that the current church probably stands on the site of an even earlier timber building.

Ruxley (or Rokesley) is mentioned in the Domesday and there may have been a Saxon church there for some time before the Conquest.

 
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Updated 14 April 2002

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