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The History of Kent
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History of Boughton Malherbe
Boughton Malherbe comes from the Old English ‘boc’ meaning ‘beech-
Boughton Malherbe parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Robert de Malherbe built it in the 13th century, with extensions in the next century. The west tower followed 100 years later. Joseph Hatch cast and hung three bells in 1624. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Boughton Malherbe church as a ‘handsome building, with a square tower steeple at the west end’. In the 1840’s, the Victorian restorers Apsley of Ashford, concentrated on the chancel, appearing to have a good understanding of the Cambridge Camden Society. In 1960, Mears and Stainbank dismantled and cleared out the bell fittings and frame, placing the two trebles on the first floor and rehanging the tenor ‘dead’ with a lever clapper.