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Sutton at Hone comes from the Old English words ‘sūð’ meaning ‘south, southern’, with ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’, and ‘hān’ for a ‘hone, stone, boundary-stone’; therefore, the ‘south farm/settlement’ with the affix ‘at the (boundary) stone’. The suffix distinguishes it from Sutton near Deal and Sutton Valence.

Sutton at Hone parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The church dates to the 14th century and replaces a Saxon chapel. There is a record of three bells in 1552. The church burnt down in 1615, when a man fired a gun at a pigeon in the roof. All the interior fittings date from the rebuilding in 1617. In 1797, Edward Hasted described the church, in his topographical survey, as being ‘a handsome building, consisting of two isles and a chancel, with a tower steeple at the west end, containing three bells. The Victorians carried out further restoration in the 19th century. In 1968, Mears and Stainbank added a fourth bell.

History of Sutton at Hone