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History of Trottiscliffe

Trottiscliffe comes from the Old English ‘clif’ meaning an ‘escarpment, a hill-slope, combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Trotts’s cliff’. The Domesday Book chronicles Trottiscliffe as Totesclive.


Trottiscliffe church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Normans built the church in the late 11th century, with the addition of a south doorway into the nave in the 13th century. The 15th century saw the construction of the bell-tower, with a porch underneath. In 1820, Westminster Abbey supplied the Henry Keene’s designed pulpit. The Victorians carried out some restoration work in the 19th century