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History of Stourmouth

Stourmouth comes from the Old English ‘muda’ meaning ‘the mouth of a large river, an estuary’, combined with a river-name, therefore; the ‘mouth of the River Stour’. The Domesday Book chronicles Stourmouth as Ezilamerth.

Stourmouth church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints. The church is Saxon in origin with substantial rebuilding in the 12th century. In 1615, William Carter cast and hung a bell, with Joseph Hatch adding two more in 1638. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Stourmouth church as being a ‘small building, consisting of a body, two very small side isles, and a chancel, having a slim spire steeple at the west end, in which are three bells. The church seems antient’. The Victorians carried out some restoration work in 1845. In 1979, the church was declared redundant and eventually taken under the wing of the Churches Conservation Trust.

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