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Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne is located in Kent
Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne shown within Kent
Population 925 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TR191559
Civil parish
  • Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT4
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′36″N 1°08′29″E / 51.2600°N 1.1413°E / 51.2600; 1.1413Coordinates: 51°15′36″N 1°08′29″E / 51.2600°N 1.1413°E / 51.2600; 1.1413

Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne is a civil parish in the City of Canterbury district of Kent, England. It is located 4 miles south-east of Canterbury.[2]

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 868, increasing to 925 at the 2011 Census. The parish consists of Bekesbourne and Patrixbourne. It is most famous for being the home location of Howletts Wild Animal Park, but it is also renowned for the growing of hops and sunflowers.[2]

It has two churches and has a medieval historical connection with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was responsible for the reform of the Church of England under Henry VIII.

The archiepiscopal palace was built around 1552 for Cranmer using buildings belonging to Christchurch, Canterbury. It was destroyed in the Civil War and only the gatehouse, now a cottage, survives. The gatehouse consists of two storeys of red brick laid in English bond and a hipped slate roof. In the west wall is a four-centred stone doorway with a stone over it inscribed "T C 1552" and a cartouche of the arms of Archbishop Parker of Canterbury.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne Parish Council". Kent County Council.