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History of Patrixbourne

Patrixbourne comes from the Old English ‘burna’ meaning a ‘stream’. The later affix – taken from William Patricius who held the manor in the 12th century – distinguishes it from the neighbouring parishes with ‘bourne’. The Domesday Book chronicles Patrixbourne as Borne.


Patrixbourne parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. It dates to the late 12th century, with the spire added in the 13th century. Around 1325 William le Belyetere cast and hung a ring of three bells. They rebuilt the east end of the south aisle in the 15th century. Thomas Palmar recast the tenor and treble bells in 1664. In 1800, Edward Hasted described St Mary’s church as consisting of ‘one middle and two smaller side isles, a high and a south chancel, having a spire steeple on the south side, in which there is only one bell. This church is but small. It seems very antient. The pillars in it are very large and clumsy, and the arches circular’ (he appears to have miscounted the bells). The Georgians built the north aisle in 1824. In 1837, Lady Conyngham donated the glass for additional windows installed in the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1849, the architect Mr Marshall carried out a restoration to the chancel, with Sir George Gilbert Scott restoring the nave, tower and aisle in 1857…. more