St Nicholas' Church, Barfrestone
Barfrestone shown within Kent
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Alternative spellings are Barfreston and Barfreystone. The old pronunciation was "Barson" (before 1800) and the ancient name, "Barfriston". Now known as "Bar-fre-ston", rather than "Bar-fre-stone".
At the time of the Doomsday Book, the manor was owned by Odo, Earl of Kent (as the Bishop of Bayeux). But after his trial (for fraud) in 1076, his assets were re-apportioned, including Barfrestone. The lands were then granted to Hugh de Port (an English feudal barony) for the defence of Dover castle. The lands passed through the hands of many other owners including Sir Thomas Browne (during the reign of Henry VI of England).
Of note are the tiny Grade I listed Norman church, complete with internationally famous carvings around the door, the bell in the adjacent yew tree, and the offices and workshops of L'Arche Kent Community.
- Hasted, Edward (1800). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 10: 71–78. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "Church of St Nicholas, Eythorne". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Barfrestone Court, Eythorne". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "The History of the Coalfield Parishes". www.dover.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- Media related to Barfrestone at Wikimedia Commons
- 5 pages of close up photos of Barfreston's medieval carvings
- Barfreston in the Domesday Book
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