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History of Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst comes from the Old English ‘hyrst’ meaning a ‘wooded hill’ combined with an uncertain first element probably a warlord’s name.

Sissinghurst parish church is dedicated to Holy Trinity and built in 1838, by the architect J Jennings and paid for out of public subscription. Although, Jennings built it as a simple rectangle auditory, it became necessary in 1893 to add a chancel, with further additions in the 1990’s. It replaced Mylkhouse Street Chapel - a Chapel-of-Ease to Cranbrook- which opened in 1401 and closed in 1548.