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Bishopsbourne is a small village in Kent, England. It lies in the Nailbourne valley some 4 miles (6 km) from Canterbury and about 15 miles (24 km) from Dover. It has a public house, The Mermaid, built in 1861, and a church, St Mary's, with 14th-century wall paintings. Author Joseph Conrad lived here and his house, "Oswalds", still stands. The author Jocelyn Brooke lived in a house called "Forge House", just opposite the village hall, which is called "Conrad Hall" in Conrad's honour. Bishopsbourne was on the Elham Valley Railway until traffic stopped in 1947, the original railway station is now a private residence.
Richard Hooker was the Rector from 1595 to 1600. Hooker played a significant part in the development of Anglicanism, championing a 'middle way' between Puritanism and Catholicism. His 8-volume work 'The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity' was partly written in the Rectory at Bishopsbourne. After his death, he was buried in the Chancel of the church, and a memorial to him was provided by William Cowper.
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- Elham Valley Railway
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