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The History of Kent
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History of Horton Kirby
Horton Kirby comes from the Old English ‘horu’ meaning ‘filth, dirt’ and ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’; therefore, a ‘dirty farm/settlement’. The later affix reflects possession by the de Kirkeby family in the 13th century and serves to distinguish it from Monks Horton. The Domesday Book records Horton as Hortone.
A Saxon burial ground existed in Horton Kirby between the 5th and 7th centuries, with over 100 inhumation burials.
Horton Kirby parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary
the Virgin. The Normans built it around 1190 – possibly using masons from Rochester