Kent Churchesby John E. Vigar. Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd., Phoenix Mill, Far Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire. 1995. 152 pp. Maps, photographs. Indexed. Softcover. £8.99.
This guide book is divided into two sections. Section 1, consisting of 43 pages, presents a good overview of what to look for when you examine a church to learn its history, origins and remodeling. It starts with a look at the exterior structural details before moving inside to look at the church interior and its furnishings. Each feature discussed is illustrated with examples from Kent churches which cover over 1,500 years of building history This section of the book serves as a good example of how to look at a church to learn about it and is relevant to other parts of England, even though the specifics might change.
Section 2, the remainder of the book, is a gazetteer of selected Kent churches. Not all churches are described. The brief descriptions and many photographs illustrate some of the unique features for each church. If your ancestor is from this area, this is a good beginning to learning about the church. When you get to Kent you will want to obtain the churches local guide which will give you more specifics. Overall, a good aid for adding life to your genealogy if your ancestors are from Kent.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.6, 1996