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The History of Kent
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History of Barfreston
Barfreston comes from the Old English ‘tūn’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, village’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Beorhtfri’s farm/homestead’. The Domesday Book records Barfreston as Berfrestone. Edward Hasted in his topographical survey of 1800 refers to it as Barson.
Barfreston parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, and built by the Normans
between 1170 and 1185. An unknown founder cast a bell in the mid-