01 March 2010

St. John's Commandry Swingfield

Saint John's
Commandery in
Swingfield, Kent U.K.

Hospitallers preceptory founded 1180 on the site of the nunnery of the Sisters of the Order of St John of Jerusalem who were removed to Buckland Priory (ST 32 NW 3). The chapel is the only surviving building, it dates to the 13th century and was converted into a house after the Dissolution. Further alterations were made during the 18th century and 19th century. It was restored in 1972-74. Traces of other buildings survive as parchmarks and slight earthworks to the south and west of the chapel. It appears that the chapel was situated to the east of a courtyard. The cemetery lay to the northeast of the chapel.

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