|Eltham Church from the north, 1870|
Had I done so in 1851 there would have been plenty of gravestones to read many of which dated back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Not that I intend to record them here. Instead I want just to reflect on how the church would have appeared from the northern part of the graveyard.
And I have to agree with Sir Stephen Glynne who in 1830 wrote that it was of “a mean fabric, much patched and modernised; with scarce a trace of anything like good work, and from repeated alterations, the plan has become irregular.”*
But no less a place deep in the affections of many local people.
*Sir Stephen Glynne 1830, Churches of Kent
Picture; from The story of Royal Eltham, R.R.C. Gregory, 1909 and published on The story of Royal Eltham, by Roy Ayers, http://www.gregory.elthamhistory.org.uk/bookpages/i001.htm