The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Cooling, Kent
North-east of Gravesend.

Cooling on Wikipedia.
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St. James. From an old postcard (franked 1928), Bulman's Collection.

St. James Link.

 

The churchyard is believed to be the setting for the first encounter of
Charles Dickens's hero Pip in Great Expectations, with the convict
Magwitch.

In the churchyard lie the pathetic tombs of 13 babies. They
are known as Pip's Graves, from the description Dickens gives of 'little
stone lozenges each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in
a neat row beside their [parents'] graves'. Photo and text Dave Westrap

And a modern photo Dave Westrap. The vestry is lined with cockle shells, the symbol of St. James. Dave Westrap.

The former Methodist Church (originally Wesleyan). 178 TQ 750 745. Dave Westrap. Link.

 

 


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11 January 2014

Steve Bulman

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