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History of Matfield

Matfield comes from the Old English ‘feld’ meaning ‘open country, unencumbered ground’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Matta’s open country’.


Matfield church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Luke. The architect Basil Champneys built it, in the gothic style, as a Chapel-of-Ease to All Saints, Brenchley, between 1874 and 1876. He designed it with a short tower for a single bell, chancel, nave and aisle for a congregation of over 200.