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History of Hunton

Hunton comes from the Old English ‘hunta’ meaning a ‘hunter, huntsman’ with ‘dūn’ as a ‘hill’; therefore, a ‘hill of the huntsman’. 


Hunton parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built it in the late 11th or early 12th century, with alterations and extensions in the following 400 years. In 1717, John Waylett recast the existing three bells into a ring of six. In 1876, the Victorian architect Ewan Christian carried out restoration work to the Hunton church. The installation of a Father Henry Willis organ took place in the 19th century.