The church of St James' in Cooling, Kent lies in a very isolated place not like most churches which are in the centre of the village. This one is surrounded by fields and marshes leading down to the Thames Estuary.
The church was built in the latter half of the 13thcent.
This is the view from the churchyard.
Inside the church it is very light and spacious but there are some quite unusual features once you start to look around.
This is a 500yr old timber door still hung on its original
hinges but it doesn't lead anywhere as the doorway is blocked.
This is the metal latch attached to the door.
At the end of the nave is a doorway leading to a small vestry which was probably added in the 19th cent. The walls of which are covered with thousands of cockle shells which are the emblem of St James.
The church was so eerie and silent and was absolutely freezing inside. Then I suddenly noticed the reflections on the wall and for a moment they looked like ghosts which made me jump.