Building » Headcorn – St Thomas of Canterbury (chapel-of-ease)

Headcorn – St Thomas of Canterbury (chapel-of-ease)

Becket Court, Station Road, Headcorn, Kent

A modern neo-vernacular design, built in 1991 as part of a small housing development, and serving as a chapel-of-ease to Maidstone South. 

The church was built in 1991 by the developer of Becket Court, in which it stands. Correspondence on Maidstone Council’s planning website indicates that the agent was Andrew Howard & Partners, Northampton. The building replaced an earlier church. It falls within the parish of Holy Family, Maidstone South.


The altar faces west but for the purposes of this description all references to compass points will assume an eastward facing altar. The church is a functional structure built of brick with a big tiled roof. The west end  comprises ancillary accommodation on two floors and this dictates the height which is carried through over the worship area. The latter is lit by five rectangular windows and two triangular roof dormers to either side. Similar windows light the ancillary rooms and two further triangular roof dormers light upper rooms. There is a gabled canopy over the west door and a garage is attached on one side with a hipped roof that projects from the main gabled roof. There is a circular window over the altar.

The interior is light and spacious. A timber and glazed projection on the west side enables services to be watched from an upper room. Few furnishings call for particular mention. There is a processional cross with a metal crucifix of distinctive and moving design, and a wooden statue of Virgin and  Child which  may be of  artistic merit.  In the sanctuary is a wooden reredos of Jacobean design which may be seventeenth-century or a nineteenth-century copy.

Amended by AHP 04.02.2021

Heritage Details

Architect: Andrew Howard & Partners

Original Date: 1991

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed