Holy Cross Church from Goodnestone House
Goodnestone shown within Kent
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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. 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. 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.
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.
- "Goodnestone", The Church of England. Retrieved 2 March 2015
- Historic England. "Church of the Holy Cross (1070258)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Goodnestone, near Sandwich", Kent Archaeological Society. Retrieved 2 March 2015
- "History of Goodnestone", Goodnestone Park Gardens. Retrieved 2 March 2015
- Media related to Goodnestone, Dover at Wikimedia Commons
- Goodnestone Park Gardens web site
- Goodnestone Parish Council