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The History of Kent
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History of Lenham
Lenham, comes from the Old English ‘hām’ meaning a ‘village, homestead, an estate’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Leana’s homestead/village’. The Domesday Book records Lenham as Lerham and Lertham. The village gave its name to the river Len.
Lenham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.
The Normans built the original church, which burnt down in 1297 – apparently an arson
attack for which Archbishop Winchelsea excommunicated the perpetrators in 1298. They
When Robert Goodsall, a Kent writer, purchased and commenced restoring the 15th century Hall House, in 1946, he found the remains of three bodies under the floor. Tests have shown the two males and a female, together with an assortment of weapons, to be around 1200 years old.