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History of Eythorne

Eythorne comes from the Old English ‘born’ meaning a ‘hawthorn-tree’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Heahgy’s hawthorn-tree’.

Eythorne parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Normans built the church around 1200, with the perpendicular north tower constructed 300 years later. Between, 1442 and 1468 William Chamberlain cast and hung two bells. Joseph Hatch added a treble in 1622. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Eythorne church as ‘small, consisting of a body and north isle, and two chancels, having a square tower, with battlements at the west end’. The Victorians carried out a major restoration and added the south vestry in 1874. In 1896, John Warner added a treble bell to make four, which Mears and Stainbank increased to five with a treble in 1924.

Eythorne railway station opened on the East Kent Light Railway, on 16 October 1916. It closed to passenger traffic on 30 October 1948.