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The Charity Inn, Woodnesborough
|Woodnesborough shown within Kent|
|Population||1,066 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
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. 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. The population taken at the Census 2011 included Coombe also Marshborough and totalled 1,066.
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 down at the end of January 2008.
- "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhoocd Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- 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
- 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.
- British Listed Buildings retrieved 20 July 2013
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