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History of Tudeley

Tudeley comes from the Old English ‘ifede’ meaning ‘overgrown with ivy’ with ‘lēah’ as a ‘forest, wood, clearing’; therefore ‘ivy covered wood/clearing’. The ‘T’ either represents a warlord’s name i.e. ‘Teofede’s wood/clearing’, or as a preposition ‘at’. The Domesday Book chronicles Tudeley as Tivedele, and the Textus Roffensis as Thudelei.


Tudeley parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints. A church stood on the site in 1086, and then the Normans rebuilt and extended it. However, neglect, resulted in the need to rebuild the Tudeley church in 1765. In 1798, Edward Hasted describes the new church in his topographical survey as ‘a small building, has been lately rebuilt of brick, having a square tower at the west end, with a small pointed spire on it.’ In 1876, the architect R Medley Fulford added a north aisle, together with a new west door into the tower, and a south door. He also built a new south porch. Although, not installed until after his death in 1985, Marc Chagall designed a set of four windows…. more