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History of Nurstead

Nurstead comes from the Old English ‘hnutu’ meaning a ‘nut’ with ‘stede’ as a ‘place, site, locality’; therefore, a ‘nut place’. The Domesday Book chronicles Nurstead as Notestede, and the Textus Roffensis as Hnutstede.


Nurstead parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to, the Kentish, Saint Mildred, and originally built in the late medieval period with a nave, chancel and west tower. In 1797, Edward Hasted described St Mildred’s church as a ‘small building, with a square tower at the west end of it’. The Victorians carried out a heavy restoration in the 19th century.