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History of Bridge

Bridge comes from the Old English ‘brycg’ meaning a ‘bridge, causeway’. The Domesday Book records Bridge as Brige. This is where the old Roman Canterbury-Dover road crosses the Nailbourne – Little Stour.

Bridge parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter. The Normans built the church in the 11th century as a Chapel-of-Ease to Patrixbourne, with additions and extensions in the following 200 years. William le Belyetere cast and hung a tenor bell in 1325, and an unknown founder added two trebles in 1450. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Bridge church as consisting of ‘three isles, a high chancel, and a north sept or chancel in the middle of the north isle. It has a spire steeple at the south-east corner, in which are three bells…. The north chancel is made use of for a school, by voluntary contributions’. In 1859, the Victorian Gothic revival architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, heavily rebuilt the church, which attracted much criticism…. more