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History of Goodnestone-nr-Graveney

Goodnestone-next-Graveney comes from the Old English ‘tun’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Godwines farm/settlement’.

The now redundant Goodnestone parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. The Normans built it around 1100. The Victorians added a porch in 1837 and carried out minor restorations in 1876. The church ceased to be used for regular services in 1982 and in 1996 came under the protection of the Churches Conservation Trust, who carried out extensive repairs the following year. It remains consecrated and is a well-preserved example of a Norman church.

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