If you ever visit Kent make sure to visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tanner Street, Faversham. It is small yet beautiful. The fragile, timbered structure of the roof gives it an airy, country feel. The High Altar shows a statue of Christ crucified, flanked on either side by St John and Our Lady.
To either side of this trio are the panels by Ardizzone, depicting the Presentation in the Temple and the Visitation. This altarpiece is well worth a visit, as is the attached Shrine to St Jude and, in fact, the whole little town of Faversham!
The Faversham altarpiece project came about informally. Edward Ardizzone's brother, David, had become a well-respected solicitor in Rodmersham Green, Kent. He habitually invited the local Catholic clergy to his home to talk and drink good wine.
Edward was also a convivial man and often visited his brother. During one of these sociable evenings the subject of an altarpiece was broached.