Saint James the Great

East Malling

Parish Church in the benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston in the Diocese of Rochester

We know that there was a church building here in 945AD. Originally much smaller than the present building, it nestled among the few cottages, farms and fields which surrounded it. In those early days it was called St Mary’s, but when Festivals and other things honouring the mother of Jesus were abolished at the Reformation, it became named ‘St James the Great’ after one of Jesus’ disciples. The building grew in size through the centuries, gaining a chancel, aisles, a porch and a taller tower.