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History of Yalding

Yalding comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called after’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘people of Ealda’. The Domesday Book chronicles Yalding as Hallinges.

Yalding parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Normans built the first church in the 11th century, although totally rebuilt it in the 13th century, together with the addition of the west tower. They made further additions and extensions in the following two hundred years. In 1695, a fire started in the corn chandler’s property and spread to the tower. Philip Wightman cast and hung a new ring of six bells in 1696. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Yalding church as a ‘large handsome building, consists of three isles and a large chancel, with a square tower at the west end’. In 1859-62, the Victorians carried out some restoration work with new pews, several new buttresses to the chancel and tower and the re-facing of the south wall…. more

Yalding railway station opened, on the South Eastern Railway’s first branch line running from Paddock Wood to Maidstone, on 25 September 1844…. more