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Norman era baptismal font, St Giles church
Norman era baptismal font, St Giles church

The church, parts of which date back to the Norman era, is dedicated to Saint Giles and forms part of the united benefice of Bredgar, Milstead, Bicknor and Frinsted. The ecclesiastical parish of Wormshill is in the Diocese of Canterbury and the Sittingbourne deanery (within the archdeaconry of Maidstone).[28][61] As of December 2007, the vicar was the Reverend John Smith.[61] In 1995, the church received a new ring of six bells after a campaign by villagers begun in 1944 by the late Michael Nightingale of Cromarty, who at age 16 opened a savings account with 10 shillings for the restoration of the church's bells. Fifty years later, he completed the full peal of six bells: one of the six was original, and the other five were rescued from abandoned churches.[62][63] The last major renovations of the church occurred in 1789 and 1901.[28][64] Of note within the church are a Norman font and Tudor pulpit.[28] The church also contains a 13th-century chest, first discovered in the early 1900s.[65][66][67] The former rectory is now a private dwelling.

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[edit] Notable people

A vicar at the Rectory of Wormshill in the 1800s, Reverend Josiah Disturnell,[19] was the subject of a debate about exceptional human longevity; it was claimed that he lived to age 107. References to the rector's memorial stone in the church ultimately provided evidence that his actual age of death was "either 91 or 93".[68]

[edit] Filmography

In January 2007, the church and its surroundings were used as locations in the filming of an episode of EastEnders, broadcast in the United Kingdom over the Easter 2007 holiday season.[69] The production crew added mock gravestones and a temporary Victorian-style street lamp to the churchyard. Also featured were other locations in and near the village, including exterior shots of the Blacksmiths Arms combined with interior views of the nearby Ringlestone Inn.

[edit] Recreation

The village holds typical English rural festivals during the year. The spring and harvest festivals are horticultural shows that include the surrounding villages; the country fair (or fête) in the early summer includes traditional country games, stalls and attractions such as hay bale throwing, tug of war and a coconut shy. Wormshill contains a community village hall and recreation ground. A former small playground[70] is in disrepair. The 9th Sittingbourne (Tunstall and Wormshill) Scout Group are associated with the village and group meetings are occasionally held at the village hall.[71] Wormshill, together with the united benefice villages of Bredgar, Milstead, Bicknor and Frinsted, also produces a free monthly Parish Magazine including village news, announcements and occasional articles. In common with a number of rural communities in the county, Wormshill also receives a weekly mobile library service run by Kent County Council.[72]

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  1. , a b Wormshill. Domesday Book. The National Archives (1086). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  2. , Stenton, Frank M. (1971). Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 100. ISBN 0-19-821716-1. 
  3. , a b c d Area 3: Wormshill to Otterden North Downs: Landscape Character Areas (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  4. , a b Norwood, Stephen; Marion Norwood Callam (2007). The Norwood Arms at Wormshill, Kent. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  5. , Reaney, P. H., "Place-Names and Early Settlement in Kent", Archaeologia Cantiana 76: 58–60, <> 
  6. , Wormshill. University of Nottingham's Institute for Name-Studies. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  7. , Jones, Bridgett, "Kent Hundred Rolls Project", Kent Archaeological Society: 95–96, <> 
  8. , Will of Robert son of John Togose alias De Bradegare. Kent Archaeological Society (1409). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  9. , Page, William, "Houses of Cistercian monks: The abbey of Boxley", A History of the County of Kent 2: 153–155, <> 
  10. , Duncan, Leland L., "Index of Wills Proved in the Rochester Consistory Court Wills 1440–1561", Kent Record 9: 231, <> 
  11. , "Recovery in Moyle, et al. vs. Clifford, 1534, February 12.", Harvard Law School English Deeds Collection 790, <> 
  12. , Nicola R. Bannister (1994). "Historic Landscape Survey of Wormshill Estate". Unpublished report for English Heritage. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  13. , Records Contents Vol 10: Deneholes Part 2 pp. 110–111. Chelsea Spelaeological Society (1979). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  14. , a b c d e Hasted, Edward, "Parishes: Wormsell", History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent 5: 561–565, <> 
  15. , John, Bigelow; Samuel Jones Tilden (1895). The Life of Samuel J. Tilden. Harper & Bros.. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  16. , Hey, Paula (24 April 2002). The Tilden Roots. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  17. , Gibbard, Richard (9 September 2007). William Tylden's grave (Photograph). Geograph. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  18. , a b c Lost Landscapes Heritage Trail: Hollingbourne (PDF). North Downs Way National Trail Guide. National Trails. Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
  19. , a b Trollope, William (1834). A History of the Royal Foundation of Christ's Hospital. London: William Pickering, 67. 
  20. , Coles Finch, William (1933). Watermills & Windmills. London WC1: C W Daniel Company, p308. 
  21. , a b c Population of Kent 1801 to 1921. Victoria County History of Kent Vol. 3. Kent Archaeological Society (2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-02. and Wormshill AP/CP: Total Population. Vision of Britain. Retrieved on 2007-12-07. Table indicating parish population 1801–1971.
  22. , a b c Wormshill: Housing Statistics. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Graphic representation of total houses from census data 1831–1961.
  23. , Angell, Stewart (1997). Hollingbourne (Kent) Zero Station. Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  24. , Mayes, Penny (2006-08-29). Photographs of the Zero Station (Photograph). Geograph. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  25. , Gun Sites. Sittingbourne Heritage Museum (2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  26. , a b Gibbard, J. (April 2003), "Days Gone By: 'Invasion' and 'Resistance & air raids'", Parish News of the united benefice of Wormshill, Frinsted, Bicknor, Bredgar and Milstead 
  27. , Youngs, Frederic (1979). Local Administrative Units: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society, 632. ISBN 0901050679. 
  28. , a b c d e f Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory 1908/09. W.J. Parrett Ltd (Reprinted 1980). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  29. , Bartholemew, John George, The Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles 
  30. , March 2005 monthly assessment issued.. Met Office (1 April 2005). Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Reports indicating snowfall specifically over the Kent Downs
  31. , Review of England and Wales' weather in March 2005. BBC Weather. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  32. , Entry for Norwood Farm, Wormshill. The Ancient Yew Group: Register of lost Yew trees. The Tree Register (2005). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  33. , a b c Kent Landscape Information System. Kent County Council. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. A website providing detailed map overlays giving landscape information.
  34. , Mayes, Penny (2007-01-31). When is a byway not a byway? (Photograph). Geograph. Retrieved on 2008-01-01. Photograph of barriers to four-wheel drive vehicles at Drake Lane.
  35. , Mayes, Penny (2006-08-29). Muddy puddle on Drake Lane (Photograph). Geograph. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. and Mayes, Penny (2007-01-31). Drake Lane closed for refurbishment (Photograph). Geograph. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Photographs of tyre ruts and further barriers to access at Drake Lane.
  36. , Kent Downs Designation: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kent Downs AONB Unit (2004). Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
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  38. , a b Ireland, William Henry, "Entry for Wormshill", England's Topographer: Or A New and Complete History of the County of Kent: 138–139, <,M1> 
  39. , a b c d 2001 census results by parish (Microsoft Excel). Kent County Council. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  40. , a b Population Density (UV02) for the Maidstone 011D area. United Kingdom Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  41. , No census was taken in 1941 as a result of World War II. Statistics for 1981 and 1991 are unavailable because of the United Kingdom's Public Records Act restrictions.
  42. , a b Landmark data – Edition 1 (Kent). Map. Ordnance Survey (1870). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  43. , Wormshill 1901. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Detail from Census 1901 indicating the principal employment of residents and identifying farms
  44. , Wormshill: Males aged 20 and over, in four industrial categories. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Graphic representation of industry employment sectors from data in Census 1831
  45. , Wormshill AP/CP: Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics. A Vision of Britain Through Time. Great Britain Historical GIS Project, Dept. of Geography, University of Portsmouth. Retrieved on 2008-01-01.
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  48. , The Blacksmiths Arms. The Blacksmith Arms (2003). Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
  49. , Tom Clements' name also appears in the stained glass dedicated to St Giles in the church
  50. , a b Penn, Deborah (5 October 2007), "Stamping your mark on the old post office", Kent Messenger, homes supplement 
  51. , 'Change of use' planning application (Wormshill Stores). 92/0495. Maidstone Borough Council (1992). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  52. , Wormshill 1901. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. Detail from the 1901 Census indicating the Woodman's Arms, Wormshill and licensed victualler
  53. , Entry for Woodman's Arms. Essex, Herts and Kent Publican Directory (1855). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  54. , Listed building planning consent (Woodmans). 89/1075. Maidstone Borough Council (1989). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  55. , A plan of Wormshill in Kent (Image). Map. City of London (2005-04-30). Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
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  58. , Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway. Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
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  60. , Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary School. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
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  64. , However, structurally the church has not changed in at least 200 years. See Petrie, H. F.S.A (1807). St. Giles: photograph of watercolour (Image). Kent Archaeological Society. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
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  67. , Rayner, J (July 2006). 13th century chest in St Giles church (Photograph). Webshots. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
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  69. , Anderson, Rebecca (April 2007). Eastenders visits Kent. Kent County Council, Kent Film Office. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  70. , Play areas in the borough of Maidstone: North Downs. Maidstone Borough Council. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  71. , 9th Sittingbourne Scout Group. 9th Sittingbourne Scout Group (2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  72. , KCC Mobile Libraries: Route M1 Timetable. Kent County Council (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-04.

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