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History of Eynsford

Eynsford comes from the Old English ‘ford’ meaning a ‘ford’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Ægen’s ford’. The Domesday Book records Eynsford as Elesford’

Eynsford parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Martin. The Norman knight William de Eynsford built it around 1100, and restored it to Christ Church, Canterbury in 1135, where he became a monk himself a little later. The monks of Christ Church continued to extend and add to the church in the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1552, there is a record of three bells in the tower, two of which Michael Darbie recast in 1651, with John Hodson adding a treble and a tenor in 1674. In 1748, Robert Catlin added a treble to make six bells. In 1797, Edward Hasted described the Eynsford church as being ‘built in the form of a cross, with two large wings or side chancels… At the west end of the church is a spire steeple, underneath which is a curious circular door way of Saxon or very early Norman architecture’. In 1869, the Victorians carried out an exceptionally heavy restoration, and in 1903, Mears and Stainbank added two trebles to form a ring of eight…. more

Following the conquest of 1066 King William I rewarded all the Norman Knights who had fought with him. He gave Unspac the lands of Eynsford. Ralf, son of Unspac built Eynsford castle out of the local Kentish flint and re-named himself William de Eynsford, out of respect for his king. The castle, although now a ruin, is one of the most complete, of its type, in England.

Eynsford railway station opened on the London Chatham and Dover Railway’s Swanley to Sevenoaks Bat & Ball line, on 1 July 1862…. more