Trials,Tribulations and Happy Moments in my busy life

Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Visit to All Saints, Maidstone, Kent

Hi folks,

Well as I told you yesterday that I was going backwards and we start off at the beginning of the day visiting another church. This time it is the magnificent All Saints which is the Parish Church of Maidstone, by the river Medway and built in 1395.

First off, the alter which has a screen added later behind the Alter but in front of the window.

A closer view of the screen showing the craving and also a better detail of the window by combining two images. This process I am at this time learning and I have incorporated a few of these images into the blog.

Close up of the wood carving on the arm rests in the pews.

This window has also been infused to bring out the side detail which is usually lost by the camera being fooled but the light on the metering system.

The image below which is another window shows the difference with the camera just getting the window detail and the camera allowing the side wall to be dark and featureless. To my eye this image suits the window in this instance.

This particular choir stool is called the Cooks Seat because it bears a likeness of The College Cook showing his meat hook and ladle.  The seat lifts up and the area above his head is flat allowing the occupant to lean against it whilst standing for any length of time when the seat is lowered.

Detail in the candle shows two Roman solders asleep.

Closeup of the Alter with the light streaming in the side window.

Another infused shot bringing out the detail of the window as well as the rest of the scene shows the Holy Name Chapel which houses the Books of Remembrance and some Regimental flags from the Wars.

We have a number of Americans also looking at the blog so I thought it was only fitting to include this wall monument of Lawrence Washington who died in 1619, its details are in the notice below.

Thanks for taking the time to visit this wonderful church with me.  I hope you enjoyed it and if so please leave a comment.

Thanks again for dropping by.

nite nite, Luv Mike XX


  1. I really enjoyed this post Mike .. such detail in your pictures .. a real pleasure to 'make the trip' with you .
    Thanks .. looking forward to the next visit !
    E xx

  2. Thank Ken, it was him who made me look for the programe after the holiday comment about the bracketing windows. Mike. XX

  3. Yes, Well done Mike.......a lovely post with
    lots of interest ! Really enjoyed it !!
    Chris and Dave R

  4. Going to Maidstone on Saturday, hope the church is open so will be able to see for myself. will let you know how warm the museum is.