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The History of Kent
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History of Harbledown
Harbledown comes from the Old English ‘dūn’ meaning a ‘hill’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Herebeald’s hill’. A record of Harbledown exists in 1175 as Herebolddune.
Harbledown parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels. The Normans originally built it as a simple nave and chancel, adding a north transept in the 13th century. Around 1450 William Chamberlain cast and hung a tenor bell, Joseph Hatch added a treble in 1603, and Thomas Palmer a third in 1670. The architect St. Aubyn rebuilt a new chancel, nave and north porch along the north side of the old chancel and nave in 1881…. more