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History of Brook

Brook comes from the Old English ‘brōc’ meaning a ‘brook, stream’. 


Brook parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. Prior Ernulf of Christ Church, Canterbury built the church in 1075. John Kebyll cast and hung two bells in 1460, with a third added by Joseph Hatch in 1612. Lightning struck the tower in 1896, destroying the northwest corner, although fully restored in 1899. A significant re-ordering took place in 1986, replicating the church in the 12th century.


They first cleared Brook and the surrounding areas between 3,000 and 2,000 BC. After a few seasons of cultivation, the soil eroded, and the land turned over to grazing livestock.