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The History of Kent
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History of Paddlesworth
Paddlesworth comes from the Old English ‘worð’ meaning an ‘enclosure’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore ‘P…’s enclosure’. The Domesday Book chronicles Paddlesworth as Pellesorde.
Paddlesworth parish church is a Grade: I listed building dedicated to Saint Oswald.
The Normans built it in the 12th century, as a Chapel-
‘I believe the lowest and the least in the county. It is very antient indeed, being
built of large slint stones, and consists of one very small isle, and still smaller
chancel; the roof of both is unceiled, and the east and only window of the chancel
being boarded up, it is quite dark at noon-
In 1870, the Diocesan Architect Mr Clarke carried out some restoration by adding three massive buttresses at the west end, stripping the plaster from the walls, renewing the roofs in the nave and boarding the chancel ceiling…. more
The Normans built Paddlesworth’s other church dedicated to Saint Benedict, in the early part of the 12th century as a manorial chapel. The lord of the manor made modifications in the 13th century. The church closed in 1678, as did the manor house. For the next 250 years, the building had various uses including as a barn. In the 20th century, after restoration and a gallery added, it came under the wing of the Churches Conservation Trust.