Tonbridge and Malling Borough
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Wouldham takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon "wolde" which means "treeless down"-the River Medway would have been wider than it is today, so the land adjacent to it was flat and marshy and would not support the growth of trees.
The church dates back to the late Saxon period and certainly before the Norman Conquest of 1066.
41 men of this little parish were killed in action in The Great War 1914-1919 and the Lych Gate was constructed as a memorial to them.
The tomb of Walter Burke lies by the footpath leading to the church door. He was Purser on board Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's flagship Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and it was in his arms that the mortally wounded Nelson died. For over 100 years, and even through both World Wars, local school children have assembled at the grave on Trafalgar Day, 21st October, each to lay a posy of flowers on Walter's grave.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)