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Luddenham comes from the Old English ‘hām’ meaning a ‘village, estate, homestead’ or ‘hamm’ for ‘land hemmed in by water or marsh’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Luda’s homestead/village’ or ‘Luda’s hemmed-in land’. The Domesday Book chronicles Luddenham as Dodeham.

Luddenham, redundant, parish church is a Grade: I listed building dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built it in the 12th century, adding the chancel and tower in the following century. In 1798, Edward Hasted described St Mary’s church as a ‘small building, consisting of one isle and one chancel, having a tower steeple on the north side of it, in which are three bells’. It became necessary to rebuild the tower in 1807 following its collapse. The architect William Moss restored the church in 1884, with the porch being added in 1889. On 1 March 2002, St Mary’s came under the wing of the Churches Conservation Trust, following its redundancy on 16 May 1972…. more

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