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"The Fordwich Stone is something of a mystery, although local tradition claims it is part of St Augustine's tomb. St Augustine died in AD 604 and if the stone is, in fact, part of his tomb, it has certainly travelled about a bit since then!"
Fordwich - Cinque Port
FORDWICH LIMB Although it now lies many miles inland, it was the main port for Canterbury before the Wantsum Channel silted up, which once separated the Isle of Thanet from the rest of Kent. The town grew in the Middle Ages as a port for boats on their way upriver to Canterbury. All of the Caen stone used by the Normans to rebuild Canterbury Cathedral in the 12th and 13th centuries was landed at Fordwich. It later became a limb of the Cinque Ports.
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Fordwich Canterbury
Fordwich is a pretty riverside village, but is actually Britain's smallest town (pop 300), a member of the Cinque Ports, and the port for goods arriving from the Continent for Canterbury. The Caen Stone for Canterbury Cathedral was unshipped here. It was a borough from the 10th century until as recently as 1886 and it still has its picturesque little town hall in which the Town Council still has monthly meetings.

Izaak Walton knew Fordwich and he praised the rare local 'Fordidge' trout in the river Stour there. The trout have disappeared since this time, but there are still enough other species of fish to draw hundreds of anglers to the river bank during the season.
The Fordwich Stone is something of a mystery, although local tradition claims it is part of St Augustine's tomb. St Augustine died in AD 604 and if the stone is, in fact, part of his tomb, it has certainly travelled about a bit since then. It was once in the nave of the church, and after that in the churchyard. Then it went to a Canterbury garden before travelling back to the church at Fordwich in 1866 and finally being taken back inside the church in 1892.
Latter-day historians have debunked both the 'legend' and the stone itself. Although it is undoubtedly very old, it is now thought to be most likely a memorial to some local notable, possibly the founder of the church at Fordwich.

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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1894 -1895


Fordwich, a village and a parish in Kent. The village stands on the river Stour, adjacent to Sturry station on the S.E.R., 2 miles ENE of Canterbury; was known at Domesday as Forewich, shows marks of great antiquity, is a member of Sandwich cinque port and a seat of sessions, and gives the title of Viscount to Earl Cowper. In the sessions house there is a list of names of the succession of mayors from 1210 to 1886. There are also the old ducking stool, two oak drums, a very ancient chest with iron bands, containing town records, jurats' table, and bar of justice. The post office is under Canterbury; money order and telegraph office, Sturry. Acredge, 465; population, 249. The Stour was formerly tidal to this point, and Fordwich was then a port visited by sea-borne ships, and had extensive fisheries. The trout in its vicinity have always been famous, and are noted by Fuller as differing, in many considerable properties, from all other trout. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, gross value, £161 with residence. Patron, Earl Cowper. The church is of the 13th century, and comprises two aisles and a chancel, and a steeple with four bells, is in good condition, and contains a curious Saxon tomb and font, some brasses, the earliest found dated 1570, and some hatchments.
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