Brook, Kent: St Mary

St Mary in Brook is an ancient and small church, standing in the middle of a linearly developed village, and right alongside a small running stream, with its own churchyard bridge to boot! Many parts of the building are proudly Norman, including the stout west tower, as well as many interior features such as the original Catholic sedilia and piscina in the chancel. Also featured in the chancel are a pair of fantastic wall paintings dating to the 13th century, the medieval stone altar (discovered within the churchyard and placed in the chancel at some point since the 1986 reordering of the church), and a hagioscope built into the north chancel wall.