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Woodchurch in Kent

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(Dragoons capture Smugglers)
Location: 51.072755,0.776390
Current translation for Woodchurch
  wood derived from wudu - wudu, earlier widu tree, trees collectively, forest, grove.
  church derived from cirice - burial ground
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General Details

Woodchurch windmill (Woodchurch Kent)

Woodchurch in Kent is a large village 5 miles east of Tenterden off the B2067. It stands on a gentle slope, and contains many lovely old houses, some of which face onto the large green, which forms the heart of the village.

The first mention of the village is a record of the church in the Domesday Monochorum, where it is recorded that Wudecyrce paid dues of 28d per year.

This is possibly the Wooden church where the village derives its name from, or maybe the name is derived from the oak shingles used on the later stone building to roof the spire.

The parish church of All Saints, has survived remarkably well. The present building made of Kentish ragstone dates from the 13th century, making it early English in style. The side aisles were added in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The tower houses 6 bells, which were cast in the early 17th century by Joseph Hatch of Ulcombe, three of these bells are still in use.

The tower is supported by four very large buttresses, most likely these are of a later date, when subsidence was noticed.

A most unusual feature of the church is the human head sculptures, eleven of which can be found carved at the end of arches, seven inside the church and four outside. This feature can also be found in a number of churches on the Romney Marshes, and are believed to date from the 13th century, it is likely that the sculptures were made by the same master craftsman.

The church also holds a most unusual brass on the pulpit floor, it is believed to be the third oldest in Kent. It is in memory of the rector Nicholas de Gore from the early 1300's. In 1826 a Battle took place between a gang of smugglers and the dragoons, the smugglers were defeated, captured and transported to Australia. These smugglers were the leaders of the Aldington Gang, and once transported, the smuggling in the area reduced considerably.

Views
The centre of Woodchurch in Kent is the large green, and all around are lovely old houses, many facing the green.

Look around the church to see if you can find the human head sculptures.

Finally take a walk up to the old windmill, via the footpath between the public houses. This is a very well kept windmill and as the path runs up to it from the south, provides good photographs throughout the day.
Services
All Saints church (Woodchurch Kent)Woodchurch in Kent has a number of shops and services, as you would expect from a large village.

The main shopping centres are Tenterden to the east and Ashford to the north east. The nearest trains also run from Ashford , with the main line to London passing through, together with the Ashford Terminal of Eurostar.
Map
Woodchurch is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

(click on symbol to see the village page)
Appledore (Danes invade England)2.86 miles
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Bilsington (The Priory and Obelisk)5.86 miles
Bonnington (Saint Rumwold the child saint)6.79 miles
Hamstreet and Orlestone (The Start of the Ordnance Survey)3.11 miles
Kenardington (Danes destroy Saxon Fort)1.80 miles
Newchurch (The Church Tower with a kink)7.04 miles
Rolvenden (Witches stealing Holy Water)6.54 miles
Ruckinge (Smuggling and Traction Engines)4.92 miles
Sevington (Saxons and Dual Carriageway)6.92 miles
Smallhythe (The Ellen Terry Museum)4.14 miles
Snargate (Sluice Gates made by Royal Order)4.47 miles
Snave (the Remote church)4.88 miles
Stone in Oxney (Roman stone altar)3.91 miles
Tenterden (Centre of the Broadcloth industry)3.82 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes)2.91 miles
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Local Businesses
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Battle Brewery
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