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The History of Kent
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History of Monkton
Monkton comes from the Old English ‘munuc’ meaning a ‘monk’ with ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, a village’; therefore, a 'farm/settlement of the monks'. The Domesday Book chronicles Monkton as Monocstune.
Monkton parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalena. The Normans built it early in their arrival with extensions and additions around 1190, and the construction of the tower a few years later. Monkton church reduced in size in the 15th century, with the demolishment of the north aisle, and insertion of new windows. In 1615, Joseph Hatch cast and Hung a bell in the tower and added a treble in 1633. Thomas Palmer augmented the bells to four with two additions – one being a tenor -