The History of All Saints' Tudeley

December 2, 2020
The History of All Saints' Tudeley

For over a thousand years, the church at Tudeley has been acentre of Christian worship and is one of the oldest churches inthe Weald of Kent. Over the years, the church has experienced bothpeaceful times and more uncertain periods as the parish hasreflected the wider changes and unrest of English society. Thecountryside around Tudeley was a place of pre-Roman industry,butnow is one of rural tranquillity. The church building itselfreflects many of these changes, with stonework on top of Saxonfoundations, eighteenth-century brickwork on top of stonework and aVictorian north aisle extension. But no change is more strikingthan the reordering of 1966 and the installation of stained-glasswindows by the renowned Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall. AllSaints' Tudeley is the only church to have all of its windowscreated by Chagall. People from across the world now come to enjoythe beauty of the windows and the inspiration of a rural churchsteeped in history, a place of continuing Christian worship for thelocal community.