Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 10/03/2013

Photo taken on July  7, 2013

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St Mary's Church,. Woodnesborough

St Mary's Church,. Woodnesborough
The original church was built here in 1180 by a 'religious women', one Ascetinda de Wodensborg' and given to the priory of Ledes.
Woodnesborough lies on the old Roman Road, although it is even older than this, for it enshrines the memory of the pagen god Woden, after whom Wednesday is named.
The old Woden's Hill, from where the Village derides its name, has been reduced in size during the last 200 years. An old legend is that the golden image of Woden lies under the church or somewhere nearby.
The church yard has a number of interesting graves including John Hawkes, known as the "Giant of Woodnesborough" who was baptised in the church and died age 56 years. This area of Kent, i.e. the villages of Woodnesborough, Ash, Eastry and Staple, is the 'ancestral home' of the Wall branch of my family.