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History of Cuxton

Cuxton comes from the Old English ‘stān’ meaning a ‘stone, rock’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Cucola’s stone’. The Domesday Book records Cuxton as Coclestone and the Textus Roffensis as Cucolanstan and Cuclestena. 

Cuxton parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels. The Normans built it in the 12th century with extensions and additions in the following two centuries culminating in the construction of the west tower around 1400. In 1420, William Wodeward cast and hung a bell in the tower. Giles Reve added another bell in 1589. Mr Stump restored the church between 1863 and 1868. During which time, in 1866, Mears and Stainbank recast the earlier bells into a ring of five. They added a sixth in 1964.

Cuxton railway station opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Medway Valley Line, northern half of the route between Maidstone and Strood, on 18 June 1856…. more

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