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History of Kingsdown

Kingsdown (next Sittingbourne) comes from the Old English ‘cyning’ meaning a ‘king’ with ‘dūn’ as a ‘hill’; therefore, ‘the kings hill’. 

The now redundant parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Katharine. The Neo-Gothic architect Edward Welby Pugin built it in 1865 for Lord Kingsdown. It replaced an earlier medieval church, which Edward Hasted described in 1798 as being a ‘very small mean building, consisting of one isle and one chancel… At the west end there is a small turret, with one bell’. The Kingsdown church remains almost exactly as Pugin designed it, although in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.