Upper Kennet Churches
Christ Church, East Kennett
CHURCHWARDENS TREASURER SECRETARY SERVICES FUTURE SPECIAL SERVICES
HISTORY LITERARY EVENING
Mr Graham Kitchen Tel. 01672 861349 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Jo Snape Tel. 01672 861267 Email Josiesnape@aol.com
Mr David Snape Tel. 01672 861267 Email. email@example.com
Mrs Lynne Williams Tel. 01672 861511 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular services are held in the church as follows:
Second Sunday of the month: 8.00 am Prayer Book Communion
Fourth Sunday of the month:: 6.00m Evening Prayer
On the third Sunday of the month a Benefice Communion Service is held at 10.30am in one of the Benefice churches on a rotational basis.
FUTURE SPECIAL SERVICES
East Kennett has been a small agricultural settlement since prehistoric times: Neolithic and bronze age sites of major importance lie adjacent to the village. in medieval and modern times the population has never been large; in 1801 there were 102 inhabitants, but for most of the present century there have seldom been more than 50. This small population is reflected in the size of the church. The little Victorian spire dominates the village, which is tucked into a fold of the downs beside the river Kennet. The best view is that from the top of Overton Hill to the south-east, with Silbury Hill beyond and the unexcavated neolithic East Kennett long barrow, surmounted by trees, above
The Ridge Way runs through the village and it is possible that the north-east corner of the parish, where the track crosses the river Kennet, may have been the site of the Danish defeat at the battle of 'Cynete' in 1006.
There was a church on the same site as the present one in the 12th century, which was appropriated in 1383 by St Margaret's Priory in Marlborough. After the Dissolution the possessions of the priory were settled on Anne of Cleves in 1539 and on Catherine Howard in 1541. In 1553 a further royal grant of the manor was made to William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, who succeeded in appropriating several estates in the area.
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