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History of Snave

Snave comes from the Old English ‘snafa’ meaning a ‘spit or strip of land’; therefore, a ‘spit of land’.


Snave parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Augustine, and built in the 13th century with additions and extensions in the following 200 years. In 1552, there is a record of three bells in the tower. In 1799, Edward Hasted described Snave church as consisting of ‘only one isle and one chancel of equal length, and a small one on the north side. It is built of sand-stone, and embattled all round, having a tower steeple, with a beacon turret, at the west end, in which are two bells’. In 1873, the Dover architect C T Whitely carried out a heavy restoration. On 19 October 1983, the church became part of the Declaration of Redundancy Scheme, and on 18 May 1984 coming under the care of the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust.