Woodnesborough is a village in the Dover District of Kent, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Sandwich.

The Charity Inn, Woodnesborough.jpg
The Charity Inn, Woodnesborough
Woodnesborough is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,066 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTR310568
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSandwich
Postcode districtCT13
Dialling code01304
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth 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

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

External linksEdit

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