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History of Iwade

Iwade comes from the Old English ‘iw’ meaning a ‘yew-tree’ and ‘wæd’ as a ‘ford’; therefore, a ‘crossing-place where yew-trees grow’, although, in this instance a ‘crossing-place to the island’ – the Isle of Sheppey.

Iwade parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints, and built in the 13th century as a Chapel-of-Ease to St Mary’s, Teynham. The nave and central windows date to the 14th Century while the South-East window, font, memorial brass and rood screen appeared in the 1400’s. In the 16th century, the parishioners rebuilt the south aisle and chancel. In 1798, Edward Hasted described All Saints as a ‘small neat building, consists of two isles and two chancels, having a low pointed steeple, in which are two bells. There is some good painted glass in the windows of it’. In 1874, the architect Ewan Christian carried out restoration work, in particular removing the plaster from the walls of the chancel. In 1992, Whitechapel restored and rehung the two bells.

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