History of Newington

There has been a settlement in this area for at least two thousand years, as evidenced by Roman remains. Occasional neolithic finds are testament to even earlier use.

Local historian, Thelma Dudley, has documented the last thousand years of the village and these articles, regularly updated, are the result of her years of extensive research.

The name Newington originally came from the Saxon Neweton or Nuetone after the invaders settled in the area previously used by our Roman conquerors.

Early Newington.doc

The name was still in use when William of Normandy made the country his own.

Newington in the 12th century.doc

As for so many English villages, our evidence for the size and value of the village a thousand years ago comes from the Domesday Book. With 96 households, Newington would have been considered a large settlement.

 

It was Richard de Lucy, whose ancestors probably fought at the Battle of Hastings, who founded what was to become the beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin.

Richard de Lucy.doc

Richard's name and legacy was to stay with the village for many centuries after.

The Newington Lucies.doc