In my recent heritage day trip around the churches of Tunbridge Wells, I nearly didn’t bother visiting St Augustine’s. Although I am a fan of good modern architecture, this was the church of my childhood and I had no particular memories of it as anything special.
Nevertheless, I was passing…
What a surprise it was- this is a really pleasant space with no grandstanding going on, it has a lovely simplicity. I was not surprised to be told since visiting, that it won an architectural award. Although I’ll admit I’ve not been able to substantiate this claim after a quick search online.
By way of comparison, last weekend we went outside of the borough to visit the more traditionally impressive 18th century church of St Lawrence in Mereworth. This is a building I have driven past many times and wanted to visit. from the outside it is magnificent.
On finally getting inside, however, I am not quite so sure. I think this could maybe do with a bit less of the bombast and a bit more of the modest elegance of St Augustine’s.
What do you think?