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824

Sudcera - Southchurch (or Sudcera in Saxon)  given by Lifstanus, a Saxon thegn, to the monks of Christ Church, Canterbury.  A church was no doubt long in existence before 824, but this is the first time the area has been referred to in documentation.  The first Saxon church was no doubt made of wood, but with the aid of some superb Norman monks, this original structure would have been replaced by a small stone structure.  Some time later around 1120-1150 a greater church structure was built and much of this is still in existence today within Holy Trinity.

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