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Churches

Holy Trinity Larkfield
Standing above New Hythe Lane with its Lychgate entrance, Holy Trinity was opened in 1854. Designed by R.P. Pope it has stained glass in the east and west ends Wheel window) by Gibbs, and a triple bell-gable.
Originaly New Hythe Church, it stands next to the former Larkfield CofE school, now dwellings) and Glebe house the former Vicarage. The wall between the church and school buildings traditionallly was said to be the boundary between New Hythe and Larkfield.
The churchyard was closed to burials in 1962 and its elevated position gives a good view over the industrial site to the River Medway Gap and North Downs.

St James the Great, East Malling
The original church for the whole parish. Larkfield church was a chapel of ease with just a curate till 1949 -when Larkfield became a separate Anglican parish.
St James is an old and beautiful building with towers and clock and is the work of many generations from the Normans onwards, probably reaching its present general form by the middle of the 14th century. It contains brasses to Thomas Selby and Richard Adams who lived nearby at Bradbourne House.The footpath through the churchyard leads leads in a continuous route to Maidstone with an early branch to the north going to St Peters Church, Ditton.

Lost Chapel of St John
There was a former chapel to St John at New Hythe probably marking the former ferry crossing to Eccles. It ceased to be a chapel in 1538 when Malling Abbey wasw dissolved and the building itself was demolished in about 1949.

Methodist Church, Larkfield
The first Methodist Chapel was built in Chapel Street, East Malling in 1844 with "Iron Chapel" on the present site in Larkfield in about 1898.
The Chapel in East Malling deteriorated so the Methodist Societys united to built the present hexagonal church. Opening in 1964 on the site of the old green paainted iron chapel. A hall was also added behind.

War Graves at Holy Trinity Church Larkfield

Private Owen Allen Burrluck 10th Battalion Royal West Kents
Died age 23, 2 months after being medically discharged from the army due to wounds inflicted by gas attack on the Western Front. 10th Battalion were at many of the major battles on the Western Front.

Driver J.D.Chittenden Army Service Corps
Died age 32, 2 months after being medically discharged from the army due to wounds inflicted by gas attack on the Western Front where the Army Service Corps were moving essential supplies. His brother also fell in the war and is buried in the churchyard.

Private S. Chittenden Royal Marine Light Infantry
Age unknown at death, died after fighting in the Mediterranean, missing the landings at Gallipoli by weeks.

Airman Frederick John Knight Royal Air Force
A member of the newly formed airforce, Airman Knight died after taking enemy fire whilst delivering to the front line ages 23.

Airman Richard Pearce Royal Air Force
Another member of the newly formed airforce, Airman Pearce died just two weeks before Armistice, aged 35

Private P.E.Roots Army Service Corps
Died age 33 of pneumonia, contracted whilst delivering to the Western Front. Shares a grave with Butcher Woods.

Private Walter Edward Scott Royal Marine Light Infantry
Died age 19 in action at the raid of Zeebrugge.

Acting Staff Sergeant Robert Lorne Smiley 136th Battalion of Canadian Infantry
Died 23 in a hospital in England after suffering injuries on the Western Front.

Butcher Percy Edward Wood Mercantile Marine
Served on the H.M.T. Minnetonka and died 2 months after incurring injuries when she was sunk by German U boats near Sardinia.

 

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