St Nicholas’ Church, Pluckley, Kent

Pluckley is a beautiful little village sitting just high enough on a Kent Downs hill to reward you with a pretty view across the Kentish landscape, should you know quite where to stand for it. The village is out of the way from urban life and relatively quiet, although it does still have its own amenities, a school and a corner shop. The church is particularly picturesque, with a pretty shingled spire atop a 13th-century west tower, which originally was entirely unbuttressed. The beautiful ragstone brickwork is most prominent in the two-storey perpendicular porch, presenting a view from the south of the building of fantastic light yellow walls interspersed with uneven, darker brown bricks. The nave was remodelled early in the 14th century to include a south aisle, and a north lean-to vestry is also in the perpendicular style. The churchyard contains multiple benches with dedications, and wraps entirely around the church with pretty, neat paths and beautiful surrounding flora. One path leads away from the church and up to a gate, itself leading out into the agricultural unknown of Pluckley - certainly an adventure for another time, in my case.