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St Peter and St Paul's Churchyard, Cudham Bromley
Summary: St Peter and St Paul's Church is a medieval church, mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, and may date from the C10th. In the churchyard are two ancient yew trees, one in the south west corner by the main entrance and the other in the south east near the chancel. One of these predates the church and may be around 1,500 years old, which suggests that the church may have been built on an existing burial site.
Previous / Other name: Cudham Parish Church
Site location: Church Approach, Cudham
Postcode: TN14 7QF > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard
Date(s): C10th onwards
Listed structures: LBII*: St Peter and St Paul's Church
Borough: Bromley
Site ownership: Archdeaconry of Bromley and Bexley
Site management: Church
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Chelsfield, Dunton Green and Knockholt (4 miles distant). Bus: TN14
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The old flint church was restored in 1846 and again in 1891/2. It has a Saxon-Norman nave, C13th chancel and south tower, and in the C14th a short north aisle was added to the nave and the south chapel added to the chancel. Cudham is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 and it is thought there has been a church here since the mid C10th. In 1976 the parishes of Cudham and St Mary the Virgin Downe (q.v.) were united. The Kent Archaeological Society has a transcription of memorial inscriptions in the churchyard taken by Leland L Duncan on 3 August 1919.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 2: South, 1983 (reprint 1999) p183/4; St Peter and St Paul Cudham Church Guide (2009)
Grid ref: TQ445599
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: To be checked
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Archaeological Significance
Other LA designation: Part of proposed World Heritage Site (UDP Draft 2002 for details)

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