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St Margaret Churchyard
Also known as: Bethersden, St Margaret Churchyard
Ashford Borough
Kent  England

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Bethersden is a small village and civil parish five miles west of Ashford, in the County of Kent. It takes its name from Saxon times when it was known as Beadericesdenne. A denn(e) was ‘woodland where swine are pasteured' and that had belonged to Baederic or Beaduric. Bethersden was formerly well-known for producing marble, not the usual marble but a limestone filled with fossilized shells and freshwater snails. It lends itself to fine polishing and was much in demand for tombs.It was a centre of the Kentish wool trade and hop farms existed here until 1970. Lovelace Place was the birthplace of 17th-century poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657). He is renowned for the lines from a poem he wrote "To Althea, from Prison" whilst incarcerated at Gatehouse Prison, Westminster. "Stone walls do not a Prison make, nor i'ron bars a cage….." The family had lived in the village for generations and one of Richard's three brothers, all of whom emigrated to America, became Governor of New York (1669-72). Several successful business have operated from the village one of which is The Stevenson Brothers, who produce high quality hand made rocking horses for export world-wide, and there is an impressive and colourful set of statues to them on the approach to the village. The church of St Margaret's, built in the early 15th century, replaced timber or stone buildings which had been there since Saxon times. Kentish ragstone was used but much of this had to be replaced by Bath stone in 1873. The parish is now the United Benefice of Bethersden with High Halden, having merged with St Mary's.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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St Margaret Churchyard
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St Margaret Churchyard
Added by: geoffrey gillon
St Margaret Churchyard
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