Goodnestone, Dover

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Not to be confused with Goodnestone, Swale.
Goodnestone Church, East Kent, UK.jpg
Holy Cross Church from Goodnestone House
Goodnestone is located in Kent
 Goodnestone shown within Kent
OS grid reference TR255545
   – London 60 mi (97 km)  ESE
Civil parish Goodnestone
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Canterbury
Postcode district CT3
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Dover
List of places

Coordinates: 51°14′42″N 1°13′46″E / 51.2450°N 1.2295°E / 51.2450; 1.2295

Goodnestone is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of Kent, England. The village is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) east-southeast from the city of Canterbury, and 5 miles (8 km) west-southwest from Sandwich.

Goodnestone's Grade I listed parish church of the Holy Cross is in the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Canterbury and the Deanery of East Bridge.[1] The church is set adjacent to Goodnestone Park, and dates from the 12th century, with additions and alterations to the 19th. Hussey and Rickman rebuilt the nave, chancel, and south porch in 1839–41. Within the church chancel is a 1752 monument by Peter Scheemakers to Brook Bridges (died 1717), of Goodnestone Park.[2][3] A curate of Holy Cross was Herbert James, the father of the ghost story writer M. R. James who was born at Goodnestone Parsonage in 1862.[citation needed]

Goodnestone Park[edit]

Main article: Goodnestone Park

At the south-west of the village is Goodnestone Park, a mansion with estate and gardens. Only the gardens are open to the public. The home was built in 1704 by Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet. Elizabeth, the daughter of the 1st Baronet's grandson Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet, married Jane Austen's brother. Austen visited her brother and Elizabeth at the estate regularly during their early married life.[4]


  1. ^ "Goodnestone", The Church of England. Retrieved 2 March 2015
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of the Holy Cross (1070258)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Goodnestone, near Sandwich", Kent Archaeological Society. Retrieved 2 March 2015
  4. ^ "History of Goodnestone", Goodnestone Park Gardens. Retrieved 2 March 2015

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