The Village Of Worth

Worth, Kent

Worth owes its existence to the fertility of the soil. The land was originally cultivated by the Lords of the Manor living at Eastry. Later, in Norman times, the land was divided and let to tenants who lived on their holdings. From these beginnings the village of Worth developed.

In the sixteenth century, when the castles of Sandown, Deal and Walmer were built, the Downs became an anchorage comparatively safe from marauders, and a more settled condition came to this part of the coast-line. Trade naturally followed. This period saw the beginning of the red brick style of building of which there are still a few pleasing examples in the village today. The Church, however, shows traces of Norman (twelfth century) work.

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