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Sellindge probably comes from the Old English ‘setl’ meaning a ‘seat, an abode, a dwelling’ with ‘ing’ is a ‘place-name forming suffix’ and ‘ingas’ for the ‘people of, people called after’; therefore, either settlement of ‘those sharing a house or building’ or ‘place characterised by a house or building’. The Domesday Book chronicles Sellindge as Sedlinges.

Sellindge parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built it in the late 12th century, with additions and rebuilds in the following 200 years. There is a record of four bells being present in 1552, which Samuel Knight recast into a ring of five in 1723. In 1799, Edward Hasted noted that the church ‘contains two isles and two chancels, having a pointed turret at the west end’. Restoration took place in the 19th century. Mears and Stainbank cast a treble in 1909 to make six bells.

History of Sellindge