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History of Addington

Addington comes from the Old English ‘ing’ as a ‘connecting particle, linking a first to the final element’ and ‘tūn’ meaning an ‘enclosure a farmstead, settlement’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘farm/settlement connected with Eadda or Eddi’. The Domesday Book records Addington as Eddintune. 

Addington is one of the longest continually inhabited places in the county, if not the country. Neolithic and Mesolithic people inhabited the area as evidenced, by the Chestnuts long barrow and the less well preserved Addington long barrow, both sites dating back to 2500 BC. Shards of beaker pottery show they inhabited the area up to the Roman invasion. The Romans settled in the area, as did the Saxons after them. In Addington Park,  there are two stone circles believed to have Druid connections.

Addington was one of the Kentish manors given to Bishop Odo after his elevation to Earl of Kent, being a reward for his part in the Norman Conquest. After his fall from grace, there were successive, owners of the manor, including a long line of the Watton family, who held it until 1750. The owners demolished the manor house in the 1940’s.

Addington Parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch. The Saxons built the first church, which the Normans rebuilt in the 12th century, with additions and extensions in the 14th 15th and 16th centuries. In the 17th century, John Wilnar cast and hung three bells, with Matthew Bagley adding a treble in 1710. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Addington church as having a handsome tower steeple at the west end. The Victorians heavily restored the church in the 19th century…. more

In the 16th Century Elizabeth Barton achieved notoriety for the visions, she had, whilst in trance, during epileptic fits. St Sepulchre’s convent, accepted her, and she took holy orders. Whilst there, she came under the influence of the monks at Christchurch who disagreed with King Henry VIII’s reforms. In 1533, she prophesied that if Henry divorced Catherine, he would die. Both Elizabeth and the monks confessed to fraud, and the authorities hung them at Tyburn.