Ebony, Kent

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Ebony is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population392 (2011)[1] (Parish)
OS grid referenceTQ939278
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN30
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°01′00″N 0°45′55″E / 51.0167°N 0.7654°E / 51.0167; 0.7654Coordinates: 51°01′00″N 0°45′55″E / 51.0167°N 0.7654°E / 51.0167; 0.7654

Ebony is a hamlet south of Ashford in Kent, South East England, in the civil parish of Stone-cum-Ebony, on the Isle of Oxney in the Ashford district of Kent. EBONY (St. Mary), is a parish, in the union of Tenterden, partly in the hundred of Tenterden, Lower division of the lathe of Scray, W. division, but chiefly in the hundred of Oxney, lathe of Shepway, E. division, of Kent, 4 miles (S. E.) from Tenterden. [1]

The place-name 'Ebony' is first attested in a Saxon charter of 833, where it appears as Ebbanea. The name means 'Ebba's or Ybba's stream'.[2]

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Ebony was formerly an island surrounded by marsh and the tidal waters of the River Rother. At the top of the most prominent part of the high ground, known as Chapel Bank, is the churchyard of the original Ebony Church, St Mary the Virgin. After lightning and fire damage the remains of the church, built of local ragstone, were moved by the Victorians in 1858 to the present location at nearby Reading Street, and restored. It has been suggested that references to King Osred II of Northumbria's exile at 'Ebonia' (Evania) in the Annals of Roger of Hoveden may refer to the strategically-situated Ebony in the marshlands of the South Coast, rather than to the Isle of Man or the Hebrides. The fact that the church at Ebony was of Saxon foundation has been cited in support for this hypothesis; however there is no evidence for a 9th-century date for the church and the earliest reference is from 1070.

An annual pilgrimage from the Reading Street site of the church to the original site on Chapel Bank occurs in September.

The nearby church of the village of Stone-cum-Ebony, on the Isle of Oxney, is also dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, and should not be confused with Ebony church


  1. ^ Ashford Borough Council Census 2001
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.159.
  3. ^ Sir Donald Sinden, CBE Authorised Biography – Debrett’s People of Today, Sir Donald Sinden, CBE Profile Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine. Debretts.com (9 October 1923).
  4. ^ "Sir Donald Sinden".
  5. ^ "Marc Sinden: former Mrs McCartney is 'the most misquoted lady I've ever met'". Liverpool Daily Post. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009.

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