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Saint Nicholas, Pluckley

The Street,  Pluckley,  Ashford,  Kent  TN27 0QS

The village of Pluckley sits on the Greensand Ridge, dropping away to the Weald of Kent. The village was formerly the home of the Dering Family and many houses are fitted with the unique round topped Dering windows.


St Nicholas Church, built of Kent ragstone, is a Grade 1 listed building. Although there is evidence of a church on this site from at least 1090, the oldest section of the current church is the northwest corner of the nave, which dates to the Norman period. There are also a pair of blocked up lancet windows in the east end which predate the 13th century. The spire was added in the 14th century, as were the chancel, door and tower window. The whole building was enlarged in the 15th century, when the font, which bears the arms of the Dering family of Surrenden, was built. There is also a collection of medieval and Tudor brasses consisting of eight Derings and one Malmain. The oldest brass is that of John Dering, who died in 1425. The most recent is that of Richard Dering (d. 1610).

St Nicholas Church has a strong musical tradition with a four-part choir who take part in all the main services. The choir is affiliated to the RSCM. In recent years, the money was raised to commission and build a new two manual pipe organ.


A recent addition to St. Nicholas Church is the Heritage Centre made possible through a Heritage Lottery grant and other generous donations.


Services in Pluckley

1st Sunday -    1100    Common Worship Eucharist

2nd Sunday -   1100    BCP Matins

3rd Sunday -    1100    Common Worship Eucharist

4th Sunday -   1100    Iona Eucharist

1st Monday of every month   1900    Julian Group


Other events in Pluckley

2nd Tuesday in the month      1000 – 1200   Coffee morning in St.Nicholas Church

Pluckley Church of England Primary School.

The church has excellent links with the village primary School. For school website, click here.


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