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History of Lullingstone

Lullingstone comes from the Old English ‘tūn’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, estate’ combined with a warlord’s name’; therefore, ‘Lulling’s farm/settlement’. The Domesday Book chronicles Lullingstone as Lolingestone and Lullingeston in the Textus Roffensis.

Lullingstone parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Botolph. The Rokesle (Ruxley) family built it as a two cell church early in the 14th century. The Peche family added the north chapel and porch in the 15th century. In 1797, Edward Hasted described the Lullingstone church as consisting of ‘one isle and two chancels, having a low pointed steeple at the west end. This church, to the credit of the patrons of it, who for a long succession of time have resided in the family seat almost adjoining to it, is remarkable for the neat and decent state in which it is kept. It is paved with white and black marble, the pews are regularly wainscoted, the windows adorned with coloured glass, and the cieling ornamented with stucco. The antient screen which separates the nave from the chancel, yet remains entire. It is of oak, and a most beautiful piece of gothic work, with a balustrade at top’. In the 19th century the Victorians added the south porch and raised the walls to allow for an ornate plaster ceiling…. more