Coordinates: 51°15′27″N 1°08′39″E / 51.2576°N 1.1443°E / 51.2576; 1.1443
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The Old Palace
Bekesbourne is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area8.47 km2 (3.27 sq mi)
Population925 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density109/km2 (280/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTR191559
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCT4
Dialling code01227
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′27″N 1°08′39″E / 51.2576°N 1.1443°E / 51.2576; 1.1443

Bekesbourne is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne, in the Canterbury district, in Kent, South-East England. In 1961 the parish had a population of 538.[2]

The village centre is 2.9 miles (4.7 km) east-south-east of Canterbury Cathedral and stretches less than 1 km from Bekesbourne railway station to the A2 road to the south.


The parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and has a Norman doorway, a 13th-century chancel and the first recorded example of brick mathematical tiles.[3]

Howletts Wild Animal Park is in Bekesbourne, the home of many endangered species and the world's largest breeding gorilla colony in captivity.[4]


Bekesbourne railway station serves the area, on the line between Canterbury East and Dover Priory railway stations.

The A2 road borders the south of the village's formal area.


Bekesbourne was the site of Bekesbourne Aerodrome, which was established during World War I and thrived as the home of the Kent Flying Club until World War II, when it was closed. One large hangar remained. It was severely damaged by the Great Storm of 1987, but soon rebuilt. It was demolished in 1997, and replaced by 10 detached houses on a new road, De Havillands.[n 1]

On 1 April 1987 the parish was abolished to form "Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne", part also went to Adisham and the unparished area of Canterbury.[5]

Famous residents[edit]


  1. ^ De Havilland was a make of aircraft, important in early British aviation.


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density Archived 11 February 2003 at the Wayback Machine United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ "Population statistics Bekesbourne CP/AP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  3. ^ Canterbury City Council
  4. ^ "Howletts". Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Canterbury Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 10 June 2023.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bekesbourne at Wikimedia Commons