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Doddington Churchyard
Also known as: The Beheading of St John the Baptist Churchyard
Church Lane
Swale Borough
Kent  England
Postal Code: ME9 0BD

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Doddington is a rural village in the borough of Swale, Kent. It nestles in the Syndale Valley with neighbouring village Newnham (half a mile to the east of Doddington) and is in the Kent Downs, designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty'. The name of the village has changed many times during its history and there are two theories behind its origin. The main (and accepted) theory is that the original name was Dudda's Tun, meaning the farmstead (manor or dwelling place) of a person or tribe called Dudda. A second theory is that the name relates to the appearance of the site: 'Dodden' or 'Dod(d)' meant 'to make the top or head of anything blunt or bare' in middle English; similarly, 'dodd' or 'dodle' meant 'a lump, clump or bunch' in Fresian. These interpretations could relate to the wooded hills around the area. Early references to the Doddington name include Duddintun, Dodintua (c. 1100), De Dudinton (c. 1180), Dodinton (c. 1261) and Dodynto (c. 1270). The earliest human presence can be traced back to earthworks at Sharsted Court, considered to be an Iron Age Belgic fort (100BC-43AD).Doddington Church has the unusual dedication of "The decollation (beheading) of St John the Baptist". The dedication dates from at least 1467 when it is referenced in a will. This dedication is only shared with Trimingham church in Norfolk. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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Doddington Churchyard
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Doddington Churchyard
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Doddington Churchyard
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