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The History of Kent
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History of Pembury
Pembury comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called after’ with ‘burh’ as a ‘fortified place’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, the ‘fortification of the people of Pepa’. The Textus Roffensis records Pembury as Peppingeberlia.
Pembury ‘Old Church’ -
In 1710, the first turnpike road in Kent opened, running from to Woods Gate at Pembury. With the new road came an increase in stage coaches, the passengers of whom needed refreshment along the route. Gradually the people of Pembury moved a mile to meet the new trade. Few stayed in the old Pembury. In 1785, the coaching inn dealt with 14 coaches per day, and by the 1800’s a need existed for a church in the new Pembury.
Pembury ‘Upper Church’-