Horton means 'filfthy' or 'muddy' Farmstead in Anglo-Saxon, which shows how long there's been a settlement here, since before King Alfred burnt his cakes on the Somerset levels. Behind the manor there's a ruined chapel, dating from about 1300, and its bell gable can just be seen behind the trees to the left in the winter/ early spring. It belonged to the mother church at Chartham and was used as a place for religious rites except burials, though early Christian graves have been found dating back to the fifth or sixth century. It's survival as a chapel is due to its conversion into a hop barn, since the manor house dates back to early Tudor times, although its river-facing facade dates from the nineteenth century.

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