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History of Chillenden
Chillenden comes from the Old English ‘denu’ meaning a ‘valley’ combined with a personal
name; therefore, ‘Ciolla’s valley’. The Domesday Book records Chillenden as Cilledene.
Chillenden parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to All Saints.
The Normans built the church in the 12th century with additions in the 14th and 15th
centuries. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Chillenden church as ‘antient, it
is a mean building, very small, having a square tower at the west end, in which there
is only one bell. It consists of a body, and one chancel. In the windows are remains
of very handsome painted glass. There is a handsome zig-zag moulding, and circular
arch over the north door. There is likewise a circular arch, but plainer than the
other, over the south door’. The architect Sir George Gilbert Scott sensitively restored
the church in 1871.