Aylesford Priory also known as the Friars was founded by the Carmelites in 1242. In 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Friars passed into the hands of Sir Thomas Wyatt of Allington Castle. It remained in private hands until it was put up for sale in 1949 when the Carmelites were able to buy it back.
The Friars can be reached on the Ringlestone to Wouldham walk, Medway Valley Walk – Rochester to Aylesford walk and the Medway Valley Walk – Aylesford to Maidstone walk.
There is a bus stop where you can get the 155 to Chatham or Maidstone also a cafe and toilets.
St Joseph’s Statue.
Arch built in 1590 by Sir John Sedley
Part of the pavement in the Peace Garden
The Peace Garden
Silver Birches in the grounds.
This Church can be reached on the 10x service from Maidstone to Ashford. The bus takes a short detour off the A20 and stops north of the Village.
View of the North side
Dove cotes opposite the Church
Graffiti in the porch
Stoop in the porch
View from the south
North Door and stoop
S Cresswell War Grave
Rainwater hopper dated 1833
Gravestone of Anna Snoath 1672
Here resteth the body of Anna the loving wife of William Snoath. She was a vertuous woman in her life and her dying words were Come Gow to meet with God and Saints. She departed this life July 12th 1672 aged 29 yeares and Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth the daughter of William Snoath. She dyed an infant November 2nd 1672.
St Mary’s Church East Farliegh
Plaxtol Parish Church can be reached on the Plaxtol to Tonbridge walk. The Church was open for visitors and supplied plastic overshoes for visitors with muddy boots. The Church was built in 1649 in the time of Cromwell and consequently does not have as much decoration as some churches, however it does have a special beauty in it’s simplicity.
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The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Tonbridge, can be reached on the Arriva no 7 bus from Maidstone or on the bus walk from Tonbridge to Five Oak Green. When I visited the church was open from 10am to 12 Monday to Friday.