Beckenham as a settlement dates from 862. There is rumour of an early wooden church but it is generally accepted that there was a church in Beckenham from before 1070. The earliest record is in the Textus Roffensis (1115 – 1125), which is held at Rochester Cathedral. There is no information about this church. Building of the medieval church began in 1340. Initially the church comprised of a chancel and nave with a square tower. There are registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials from 1538, many of which are held at the county records office.