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History of Graveney

Graveney comes from the Old English ‘grafa’ meaning a ‘trench, ditch’ with ‘ēa’ as a ‘river’; therefore, a ‘ditch stream’. The Domesday Book records Graveney as Gravenel.  

In 811,  Canulph, King of Mercia, who had also made a successful takeover bid for the Kingdom of Kent, sold the manor of
Graveney to Wilfred, Archbishop of Canterbury, for the use of Christ Church, Canterbury.

Graveney parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints. The Normans rebuilt the Saxon chapel in the 12th century, with alterations and additions in the 14th and 15th centuries. Around 1510, William Culverden cast and hung a bell. In 1618, John Wilnar cast a tenor and John Palmer adding a third bell in 1637. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Graveney church as consisting of ‘three isles and a high chancel, and two side ones formerly called chapels, the south one being dedicated to St. John, and the north one to the Virgin Mary. The steeple, which is a tower, stands at the north-west corner. In it are three bells’. The Victorians carried out a simple restoration in 1870. In 1925, Mears and Stainbank recast and rehung the three bells.

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