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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 122  2002  page 115
Patrixbourne Church: Medieval Patronage, Fabric and History. By Mary Berg

Saxon burials nearby.The incorporation of stone worked in pre-Conquest fashion in the present building has led some writers, for example, Newman and Kahn, to contend that the pre-Conquest church at Patrixbourne was built of stone as opposed to wood. Given the existence of other small stone churches in east Kent before 1066, this seems plausible.
   Domesday Book records that Richard, son of William,held Patrixbourne from Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and half-brother of William the Conqueror. After that, as Sanders records, the manor was held by the Patrick family who came from La Lande-Patry, near Flers in the Calvados region of Normandy (Map 1). William Patrick’s name appears on deeds in Normandy in the period 1066-83, and Richard was almost certainly his son.The heir to William Patrick I’s possessions in Normandy, according to Surville , was Raoul whose heir was William Patrick II. A William Patrick (probably II) was mentioned in the reign of Henry 1(1100-35) and held Patrixbourne by 1115: presumably the same as mentioned in the reign of King Stephen (1135-54) as holding Patrixbourne, according to Sanders. His heir was William Patrick III who died in 1174 leaving four sons. The eldest son, William Patrick IV, also died in that year and was succeeded by his brother Ingelram Patrick who died in 1190/1, leaving no male heirs, but two married daughters, Maud and Joan. 

   The Patrick family was ‘one of the most ancient and the most illustrious in Normandy’ with its origins in La Lande-Patry and a large number of other fiefdoms in the area, according to Surville . The site of the Patrick castle at La Lande-Patry is still visible today, although nothing remains of the building.7 There was a twelfth-century church nearby until the late nineteenth century. Framed photocopies displayed in the entrance porch of the present church show reproductions of two drawings of the church as it was in the early nineteenth century without a roof but with a Romanesque chancel arch. According to Surville, William Patrick I was not at first a supporter of Duke William of Normandy but underwent a change of heart to fight alongside him at Hastings. Like many Normans who helped Duke William, it seems that William Patrick I was rewarded with tenancies in England, including Patrixbourne.8  William I witnessed a charter in Normandy in 1082, and in 1107 and 1129 William Patrick II witnessed records of lawsuits in Caen and Argentan.9
   Surville records that William Patrick III took part in one of the rebellions against Henry II, King of England and Duke of Normandy, during the tumultuous period 1171-74. He was probably among the group of Norman barons and bishops that Henry met on 17

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