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House, Bekesbourne, Kent - - 328976.jpg
A house at Bekesbourne
Bekesbourne is located in Kent
Bekesbourne shown within Kent
Area 8.47 km2 (3.27 sq mi)
Population 925 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density 109/km2 (280/sq mi)
OS grid reference TR191559
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT4
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′27″N 1°08′39″E / 51.2576°N 1.1443°E / 51.2576; 1.1443Coordinates: 51°15′27″N 1°08′39″E / 51.2576°N 1.1443°E / 51.2576; 1.1443

Bekesbourne is a village near Canterbury in Kent, South East England.

The village is centred 2.9 miles (4.7 km) ESE of the city's cathedral and its centre stretches less than 1 km from its railway station to the A2 road to the south.


The parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and has a Norman doorway, a 13th-century chancel and the first recorded example of brick mathematical tiles.[2]

Howletts Wild Animal Park is in Bekesbourne, the home of many endangered species and the world's largest breeding gorilla colony in captivity.[3]


Bekesbourne railway station serves the area, on the line between Canterbury East and Dover Priory railway stations.

The A2 is a route bordering the south of the village's formal area.


Bekesbourne was the site of an aerodrome, built during World War I, and which thrived as the home of the Kent Flying Club until World War II, when it was closed. One large hangar remained. It was severely damaged by and rebuilt after the Great Storm of 1987. Developed reuse took place in 1997 to build 10 detached houses on a new road, De Havillands.[n 1]

Famous residents

  • Bekesbourne was the birthplace of the film director Michael Powell and of Stephen Hales, the physiologist, chemist and inventor.
  • Ian Fleming author of the James Bond books lived at the Old Palace in Bekesbourne.
  • John Quine head of counter intelligence at MI6 lived at the Old Palace in Bekesbourne.

Notes and references

  1. ^ De Havilland was a make of aircraft, important in early British aviation.
  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Canterbury City Council[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Howletts

External links

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