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The History of Kent
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History of Bidborough
Bidborough comes from the Old English ‘berg’ meaning a ‘hill, mound’ combined with a personal name; therefore, Bitta’s hill’. This is clearer in a 12th century record showing Bidborough as Bitteberga.
Bidborough parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
The Normans built it in the 12th century as a Chapel-
‘When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.
When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.
When I became a full grown man, time ran.
And later, as I older grew, time flew.
Soon I shall find when travelling on, time gone.
Will Christ have saved my soul by then? Amen’.
In 1877, the Victorian architect Ewan Christian carried out a major restoration, replacing the nave and north aisle roofs. The congregation installed a pipe organ in 1893, and electric lighting 30 years later.