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Paddlesworth Church

Sometimes it's just nice to go for a drive. No plans, no route, simply cruising – if you can at 57! Leaving East Sussex we ended up on small country lanes near Hawkinge above Folkestone, Kent. Narrow and twisting, our journey slowed to dodge dodgy cyclists until the church at Paddlesworth took our eye.

Small but pretty, St Oswald's is a Grade I listed, 11th century, two cell Norman church, altered over the centuries. Victorian pews complement the interior's nave and chancel making for intimate ceremonies. Several of the gravestones dotting the church grounds belong to farming families who have toiled the soil for generations.

Paddlesworth's claim to fame is it's the poorest parish with the fewest people and has the highest church with the lowest steeple in Kent – it's on the colourful village sign. Nearby is the Cat and Custard pub, an original Battle of Britain pub.