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History of Sevington

Sevington comes from the Old English ‘tūn’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Sever’s farmstead’. The Domesday Book chronicles Sevington as Seivetone.


Sevington parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built the church in the 12th century and extended over the following 200 years. In 1552, there is a record of four bells being present. Edward Hasted described the church in 1798 as being ‘very small, consisting of two isles, one much larger than the other, and one chancel. At the west end is a spire steeple, shingled, in which are four bells.’ The Victorians carried out restoration work in 1877, with further refurbishment in 1936.