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History of Denton

Denton (next-Wootton) comes from the Old English ‘denu’ meaning a ‘valley’ with ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, village’; therefore a ‘valley farm/settlement’. The Domesday Book records Denton as Danetone. 


Denton parish church is a Grade; II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. There is some documentary evidence to suggest the Saxons first built the church, although physical indications suggest the 13th century. An unknown founder cast and hung three bells in the 15th century. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Denton church as consisting of ‘one isle and a chancel, having a square tower at the west end, in which there are three bells. This church, though small, is neat’. Other than rebuilding the east end in 1909, the church has received little attention.