The church of King Charles the Martyr in Royal Tunbridge Wells will be the venue for a Study Day on the history of the church and its parish on Saturday 15 October, 2016.
Organized by the Kent Archaeological Society, the event will open with illustrated lectures by Dr Philip Whitbourn on the town’s late 17th century origins; Rebecca Warren (‘the Anglican church from the Civil War to the Toleration Act of 1689’) and Dr Matthew Reynolds (‘Charles the Martyr: late 17th-century perceptions’).
Dr Whitbourn is the author of several works on the church and the town; Rebecca Warren is completing a doctoral study of the Cromwellian Church and its ministers at the University of Kent; Dr Reynolds is an ecclesiastical historian.
Later, at two workshop sessions, the church will be explored and there will be a rare opportunity to examine the parish’s ancient documents.
The church (pictured above) is the only one in Kent, and one of only six in the UK, dedicated to King Charles l (the last saint to be canonized by the Church of England) and was built between 1676 and 1690 at a cost of over £2,200 (equal to about £500,000 at today’s values).
An application form for tickets (including tea or coffee and lunch) at £17 per person (£15 for parishioners and KAS member) can be downloaded from www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/churches-committee.
For further details contact Mrs J Davidson, 7 Chatsworth Rd, Gillingham ME7 1DS (Jacalyn.firstname.lastname@example.org).