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History of Smeeth

Smeeth comes from the Old English word ‘smiððe’ meaning a ‘smithy, metal workers shop’; therefore, ‘smithy’..


Smeeth parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. Construction first took place in the 11th century with extensions in the 13th century. In 1799, Edward Hasted described St Mary’s as a ‘small building, consisting of two isles and two chancels, having a low steeple shingled at the west end’. In 1881, the Victorians carried out a considerable restoration including rebuilding the vestry, and upper part of the tower.