St Margaret’s Church, Hothfield, Kent

A pretty late Gothic building nestled beside a farm in a village only a mile outside of the Kent Downs. The lane up to the church is slightly dilapidated, but the seclusion is welcoming as you round the corner and reach the mostly-14th-century construction. John Newman of the Pevsner Kent: West and the Weald architectural guide describes the church as “seeming to hug the ground”, owing to its stout Decorated Gothic west tower (complete with a shingled spire) and the building’s perceived unbalanced length. The east window is in the Early Perpendicular style, with hexagons throughout its tracery, and the north aisle also contains Perpendicular two-light windows. The nave was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1598, resulting in the west responds being the only medieval features remaining; this also explains the pinkened stonework. There are some lovely surrounding fields, fenced off from the churchyard but allowing for some great views across to the village proper.