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St Michael the Archangel Churchyard
Also known as: Smarden, St Michael the Archangel Churchyard
Ashford Borough
Kent  England

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Smarden is a civil parish and village, west of Ashford in Kent, South East England. It borders the villages of Pluckley and Egerton to the North, Bethersden to the West, Headcorn to the East and Biddenden to the South. In 1100AD the village was known as Smeredaenne, meaning a woodland pasture where butter is produced. The ‘daenne' part comes from a clearing given over to grazing by swine or cattle-this became ‘denne' and ultimately ‘den'-as in High Halden, Biddenden.The earliest known date for Smarden is 1205, when Adam de Essex became the Rector of the parish. The area was covered by the forest of Anderida and when clearings were made, the River Beult (a tributary of the River Medway) formed the drainage channel. The local woollen industry was encouraged by King Edward III who brought weaver craftsmen over from Flanders to create what was to become one of England's biggest industries. In recognition, Edward granted the village a Royal Charter in 1333 permitting them to hold a weekly market and an annual fair thus elevating the status from village to "Town". Elizabeth I, en route from Sissinghurst Castle to Boughton Malherbe in 1576, was so impressed by what she saw and ratified the previously granted Charter. A copy of the Charter hangs in the village church. The Church of St. Michael is sometimes known as "The Barn of Kent", because of its very wide nave.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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St Michael the Archangel Churchyard
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