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The memorial to The Few at Capel-le-Ferne
Capel-le-Ferne is located in Kent
 Capel-le-Ferne shown within Kent
Population 1,884 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TR242386
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Folkestone
Postcode district CT18
Dialling code 01303
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Dover
List of places

Coordinates: 51°06′13″N 1°12′06″E / 51.1037°N 1.2016°E / 51.1037; 1.2016

Capel-le-Ferne /ˌkpəl lə ˈfɜːrn/, the name of which derives from the phrase "Chapel in the Ferns", is a village situated near Folkestone, Kent. It has a population of approximately 2,400. Perched on top of the White Cliffs of Dover, its foremost attraction is the Battle of Britain Memorial, opened by the Queen Mother on 9 July 1993 and dedicated to those who fought in the Battle of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940. The Memorial is built upon part of a former WW2 coastal battery (No. 2 and No. 3 guns). The other part of the Coastal Battery is in private hands and under restoration. The Channel Tunnel runs underneath the northernmost part of the village.[citation needed]

The New Dover Road, B2011, that runs between Folkestone and Dover is the main carriageway. However, it feels distant from the nearby A20 used by freight and ferry traffic heading for the port of Dover. There is plenty of local countryside and the cliffs offer a spectacular walking opportunity, including towards the East Cliff and Warren Country Park in the direction of Folkestone.[citation needed] Towards Dover, Samphire Hoe can be reached and the area is popular for walking or cycling. The village is twinned with the commune of Oye-Plage in the Pas-de-Calais department in France, about 7 miles (12 km) east of Calais, on the junction of the D219 and the D940.[citation needed]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Hougham Without and at the 2011 census had a population of 2,347.[2]

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2015. 

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Media related to Capel-le-Ferne at Wikimedia Commons

Ferne also means "far off', as in, the ferne hills. It was published in Chaucer's epic novel.