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History of Teynham
Teynham (pronounced 'ten-am') comes from the Old English ‘hām’meaning a ‘village,
homestead, estate’, combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Tena’s homestead/village’.
The Domesday Book chronicles Teynham as Teneham.
Teynham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the
Virgin. The present church, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, replaced a
Saxon Minster. Robert Catlin cast a ring of six bells in 1743. In 1798, Edward Hasted
described St Mary’s church as being built ‘in the form of a cross, and consists of
three isles, a high chancel, and a north and south chancel, having a square tower
at the west end, in which are four bells’. The Victorians restored the chancel,
aisles, transepts and west tower in 1873.