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History of Lydden
Lydden comes from the Old English ‘hlēo’ meaning ‘protection, defence’ with ‘denu’
as a ‘valley’; therefore, a ‘sheltered valley’.
Lydden parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary. The
Normans built it in the 12th century although developed it into a simple nave, chancel
and tower church over the next 100 years. Built near the bottom of a steep chalk
valley, the later Lydden village grew higher up on the main Dover road. The Victorians
carried out restoration work in 1866, 1869 and 1899.