Eynsford, Kent

St. Martin's Church, Eynsford, Kent

William I gave the land here to Ralf, son of Unspac who built the nearby Castle. He renamed himself William d’Eynsford and then set about building a church close to the River on the site of an old Saxon building.

Most of the church dates from this early founding, although the Tower was not added until the 13th Century. Inside is a door in an arch which dates to the early 1100s. During the conflict between Henry II and Thomas Becket in 1163 this door was closed and barred against Becket’s rector by William d’Eynsford III.

Repairs were made to the church around 1904 and the spire was restored again in 1988.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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