Who was St Nicholas?
a mosaic depicting St Nicholas in Linton Church
St Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, a port on the southern Mediterranean sea coast of what is now called Turkey. He died there, in 343AD. Beyond that, not much is known about him in a factual sense. However that has not prevented many stories being told about him, and many miracles being attributed to him. You can find out all about them and him, at this rather lovely website.
St Nicholas is patron saint of a variety of deserving causes, including sailors, pawnbrokers, prostitutes and not least, children; who he aids annually in his other guise as Santa Claus. He seems to have been a compassionate, welcoming saint – an ideal patron for a Christian Church
About Linton Church
Linton Church was originally a Norman structure of ragstone and was a single cell, consisting of Sanctuary, Chancel and Nave.
The manor was, in the 13th century, one of many held by East Farleigh, in whose accounts it is recorded that the church at Linton was re-built and added to around the 13th and 14th centuries.* A private chapel and the South aisle of the nave were added in the reign of Edward III, it is believed.
It was substantially re-built again between 1560 and 1565, when it is recorded in Archbishop Parker’s visitations of 1573. This record contains a stern reprimand to the Church-warden for neglecting his duties, and to John Weldysh for persistently absenting himself from communion. It is to be assumed that the church was kept in a good state of repair, as nothing is reported to the contrary.
The church as it stands today is the result of its last reconstruction in 1860. Its whole appearance changed, the old tower was pulled down and the East central wall and window removed. The church was then extended at both East and West ends and the North aisle added. A new and more massive tower was added in the northwest corner. The whole cost was borne by the Ladies Elizabeth and Louisa Cornwallis. They also installed a Walker Organ in 1864 which has recently been restored to its former glory, with the aid of a donation from the Friends of Linton Church.
The above text is taken from much more extensive notes prepared in 2007 by Kath Cooper and others. The full text is available here. If you find them helpful or interesting, please will you visit the church and make a suitable donation? A lot of work went into them…
Now, it is a busy, caring village church, part of a benefice of five parishes, working hard to maintain and extend its place in stressful, hectic 21st century Kent.
It would greatly welcome your involvement. Details of church services are available in the church newsletters.