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History of Borden

Borden comes from the Old English ‘bor’ meaning a ‘hill an eminence’ with either ‘denu’ as a ‘valley’ or the Kentish word ‘denn’ for ‘woodland pasture’; therefore, ‘valley by a ridge’ or a ‘woodland pasture by a ridge’.

Borden parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Normans built the church in the 12th and 13th centuries with additions and extensions in the 15th century. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Borden church as a ‘handsome building, consisting of three isles and three chancels, with a square tower at the west end of it, in which there is a clock, and six bells. It is built mostly of flint, but as a mark of its antiquity, it has a Roman brick or two interspersed among them, and the mortar is composed of cockle-shells. What is very remarkable, in the steeple there are the remains of a chimney, which seems coeval with it. The door-case on the western side of the steeple is of Saxon architecture, with zigzag ornaments, as is that on the opposite or inner side, but of a much larger size. It is kept exceedingly clean and neat, and the greatest part of it has been lately ceiled, that part of it over the high chancel, at the expence of the lay impropriator’. In 1802, Thomas Mears cast a peal of eight bells with the metal from the six previously cast by brothers Henry and John Wilnar. The Victorians heavily restored the church in the 19th century.

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