Nonington comes from the Old English ‘ing’ meaning a ‘connective particle, linking
the first and final elements’ with ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, a village’
combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, a ‘farm/settlement connected with Nunna’.
Nonington parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the
Virgin. It dates to the late 13th century when built as a Chapel-of-Ease to Wingham.
Nonington became a separate parish in 1282. Around 1400, Robert Burford cast and
hung a bell in the tower. In 1621, Joseph Hatch added a tenor bell, with John Hodson
completing the three in 1683. In 1800, Edward Hasted described St Mary’s church as
consisting of ‘two isles and two chancels, having a tower steeple at the north corner
at the west end, in which are three bells’. The Victorian architect, Ewan Christian,
carried out restorations in 1867 and 1887.