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The Charity Inn, Woodnesborough.jpg
The Charity Inn, Woodnesborough
Woodnesborough is located in Kent
Woodnesborough shown within Kent
Population 1,066 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TR310568
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sandwich
Postcode district CT13
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′49″N 1°18′36″E / 51.2636°N 1.3100°E / 51.2636; 1.3100Coordinates: 51°15′49″N 1°18′36″E / 51.2636°N 1.3100°E / 51.2636; 1.3100

Woodnesborough is a village in East Kent two miles west of Sandwich.

Its name is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Golles-Wanesberge, with forms like Wodnesbeorge being attested a little later, around 1100, and as 'Wodnesbergh' in 1484.[2] The name is believed to have meant Woden's hill/mound (Old English Wōdnes burh) after Anglo-Saxon god Woden (the English cognate of the Norse Odin, known in Proto-Germanic as Wodanaz); though some of the spellings also suggest *wænnes beorg ('hill of the mound'), from Old English wenn, wænn 'a tumour, blister, mound'. At the end of the eighteenth century there is a record of a burial mound beside the church, but the settlement also boasts a hill which could equally well have been described as a burh in Old English.[3] The population taken at the Census 2011 included Coombe also Marshborough and totalled 1,066.[1]

The village was once served by East Kent Light Railway and can now be reached by bus services from Sandwich.

There was also a post office, which closed at the end of January 2008.

There is a Grade II* listed[4] Anglican church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.


  1. ^ a b "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhoocd Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; CP 40/890; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/R3/CP40no890/bCP40no890dorses/IMG_1138.htm; 5th entry, where William Merlowe lived
  3. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. WOODNESBOROUGH.
  4. ^ British Listed Buildings retrieved 20 July 2013

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