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History of Molash

Molash comes from the Old English ‘māl’ meaning a 'law-suit, bargaining speech' with the Anglian word ‘æsc’ as an ‘ash-tree’; therefore ‘speech ash-tree’ – with reference to the holding of assemblies. 

Molash parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter, and built in the 13th Century as a Chapel-of-Ease to Chilham. The 15th century saw the addition of the tower and south porch. In 1552, there is a record of three bells in the tower. Around 1770, the Georgians rebuilt the upper stage of the tower and sold two of the bells. In 1798, Edward Hasted described St Peter’s church as a ‘small mean building, consisting of one isle and one chancel, having a pointed turret, shingled, at the west end, in which are three bells’. In 1887, Stahlschmidt notes only one bell in the tower. In 1895, the architect Sir Reginald Theodore Blomfield carried out a restoration of the Molash church.