Christ Church Cranbrook is a towered late English Gothic Revival Church. This was the type of church architecture favored by George Booth. It was inspired by the old Gothic parish churches found in the Kent, England, countryside, the area from which Booth’s family came. As he planned Christ Church Cranbrook, he used these churches as the models for the church he was to build.
Gothic architecture originated in France during the Middle Ages, developing out of the earlier Romanesque style. Romanesque churches are characterized by rounded arches, thick walls, and small windows. In contrast, height is important in Gothic churches, arches are tall and pointed, walls are thinner and contain large windows to help reduce their weight and to bring in more light, and buttresses, often flying, help to redistribute weight and provide additional support. There is copious delicate and intricate decoration, both interior and exterior. READ MORE