Nowadays the village falls within the Dover urban area and sits a little over two miles northwest of Dover town centre. Much like the adjoining villages of River and Temple Ewell, it is effectively a suburb of the town. If an area can be defined as Kearsney it is the rectangle of Kearsney Avenue forming two sides and the London Road and Sandwich Roads forming the other two. Kearsney is situated between the parishes of River and Ewell. Being an administrative part of Dover borough it was part of the parish of River.
The name is taken from an old Saxon name for a place where watercress grows. Kearsney Abbey was not actually an abbey, but a country house with large pleasant grounds. It is situated on the River Dour, more a large stream than river, but big enough to sustain flour mills and paper mills along its path.
Kearsney railway station takes its name from the area. Kearsney station was actually the station for Temple Ewell and the parish of River. The community of Kearsney grew around the Railway Bell Hotel which was on the main Dover to London road. There is also a Catholic convent near to the railway station.
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