The word "Barling" is said to derive from two Saxon words "ban", a boar, and "ing", a meadow. This rural parish has an agricultural setting and contains the villages of Little Wakering and Barling.
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The church in Little Wakering dates from the 11th century and was largely rebuilt by John De Wakering, Bishop of Norwich. George III visited the church in 1769. To mark the visit, the Royal Arms of George III are on display in the church.