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History of Cuxton
Cuxton comes from the Old English ‘stān’ meaning a ‘stone, rock’ combined with a
personal name; therefore, ‘Cucola’s stone’. The Domesday Book records Cuxton as Coclestone
and the Textus Roffensis as Cucolanstan and Cuclestena.
Cuxton parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Michael and
All Angels. The Normans built it in the 12th century with extensions and additions
in the following two centuries culminating in the construction of the west tower
around 1400. In 1420, William Wodeward cast and hung a bell in the tower. Giles Reve
added another bell in 1589. Mr Stump restored the church between 1863 and 1868. During
which time, in 1866, Mears and Stainbank recast the earlier bells into a ring of
five. They added a sixth in 1964.