A house at Bekesbourne
|Area||8.47 km2 (3.27 sq mi)|
|Population||925 (Civil Parish 2011)|
|• Density||109/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The village is centred 2.9 miles (4.7 km) ESE of the city's cathedral and its centre stretches less than 1 km from its railway station to the A2 road to the south.
The A2 is a route bordering the south of the village's formal area.
Bekesbourne was the site of an aerodrome, built during World War I, and which 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 and rebuilt after the Great Storm of 1987. Developed reuse took place in 1997 to build 10 detached houses on a new road, De Havillands.[n 1]
- Bekesbourne was the birthplace of the film director Michael Powell and of Stephen Hales, the physiologist, chemist and inventor.
- Ian Fleming author of the James Bond books lived at the Old Palace in Bekesbourne.
- John Quine head of counter intelligence at MI6 lived at the Old Palace in Bekesbourne.
Notes and references
- De Havilland was a make of aircraft, important in early British aviation.
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