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History of Hollingbourne

Hollingbourne comes from the Old English ‘hol’ meaning a ‘hole, hollow’ with ‘ingas’ as the ‘people of, people called after’ and ‘burna’ for a ’stream’; therefore, ‘stream of the people living in the hollow’ or where the first element is a warlords name ‘stream of the people of Hola’. The Domesday Book records Hollingbourne as Hoilinegeborde.


Hollingbourne parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints. The Normans built the first church, which an earthquake destroyed in 1382. They rebuilt it later that century with additions in the following 100 years. Samuel Knight cast and hung a ring of six bells in 1723. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the All Saints church as a ‘handsome building, consisting of three large isles, with a chancel at the end of the middle one, and a square tower at the west end’. The architect George Gilbert Scott Junior restored the church in 1876.


Hollingbourne railway station opened on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway’s, Maidstone to Ashford line, on 1 July 1884…. more