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History of Acrise

Acrise comes from the Old English ‘āc’ meaning an ‘oak-tree’ with ‘hrīs’ as ‘shrubs, brushwood’; therefore, ‘Oak brushwood’. The Domesday Book records Acrise as Acers.  


Acrise parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Martin. The Saxons built the first church, on this site, as a Chapel-of-Ease to Lyminge. The Normans rebuilt it in the 11th century, lengthening the chancel in the following century, and other extensions and additions in the next 100 years. There is a record of two bells in 1552, which Thomas Palmer I replaced with a single bell in 1664. In 1799 Edward Hasted described the Acrise church as being ‘small, consisting of only one isle and one chancel, having a tower at the west end, with a low turret on it, flat at top, in which there is one bell. The church is kept very neat’. The Victorians restored the chancel in the 19th century, adding the turret and spire in 1824…. more