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History of High Halden

High Halden comes from the Old English ‘denn’ meaning ‘woodland, pasture’ with ‘ing’ as a ‘connective particle, linking the first and last elements’ combined with a warlords name; therefore, ‘woodland-pasture connected with Heathuwald’. The prefix ‘high’ distinguishes it from the manor in Rolvenden.

High Halden parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built the nave, chancel and tower around 1300, with the south chapel, north transept and south aisle in the following century. Between 1609 and 1611, Joseph Hatch cast and hung a new ring of five bells. In 1798, Edward Hasted described St Mary’s church as consisting of ‘two isles and three chancels. The steeple is at the west end, the bottom of which is in form, five parts of an octagon, which part of it is built of upright timber planks, set close to each other; the upper part is shingled, with a pointed top, it was built in king Henry the VIth.'s reign. There are five bells in it’. In 1868, the architect George Edmund Street carried out a restoration of the High Halden church. Alfred Bowell increased the ring of bells to six with a treble in 1914.

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