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History of Eastbridge

Eastbridge comes from the Old English ‘ēast’ meaning ‘eastern, east’ with ‘brycg’ as a ‘bridge, causeway’; therefore, ‘eastern bridge’. It is unclear which waterway the bridge refers. The Domesday Book records Eastbridge as Estbrie. 

The Domesday Book refers to the grant of a market to be held in Eastbridge.  

In the 12th century, the Normans built the Eastbridge parish church, replacing a Saxon chapel. In the 13th century, they added a spired tower. The Black Death took its toll on the village population, resulting in the church’s abandonment in the 15th century.