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History of Woodnesborough

Woodnesborough comes from the Old English ‘Wōden’ meaning a ‘heathen Germanic god’ with ‘berg’ as a ‘hill, mound’; therefore, ‘hill of the god Woden’. The Domesday Book chronicles Woodnesborough as Wanesberge. 


Woodnesborough parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built it in the 12th century, with alterations 200 years later. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the church as consisting of ‘a nave, and two isles, having a square tower steeple at the west end, with a modern wooden turret and vane at the top of it, in which are five bells, made in 1676. It had a high spire on the tower, which was taken down some years ago’. The architect Ewan Christian restored the church in 1884.