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Capel-le-Ferne, Kent.jpg
The memorial to The Few at Capel-le-Ferne
Capel-le-Ferne is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,884 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTR242386
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFolkestone
Postcode districtCT18
Dialling code01303
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°06′13″N 1°12′06″E / 51.1037°N 1.2016°E / 51.1037; 1.2016Coordinates: 51°06′13″N 1°12′06″E / 51.1037°N 1.2016°E / 51.1037; 1.2016

Capel-le-Ferne /ˌkpəl lə ˈfɜːrn/ is a village situated near Folkestone, Kent. Its name derives from the phrase "Chapel in the Ferns". It had a population in 2011 of 1,884.[1] It is 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. The Memorial is built upon part of a former World War II coastal battery (No. 2 and No. 3 guns). The other part of the Coastal Battery is privately held and under restoration. The Channel Tunnel runs underneath the northernmost part of the village.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


The B2011 New Dover road runs through the village between Folkestone and Dover. The A20 runs to the north and is used by freight and ferry traffic heading for Dover.


The cliffs offer a spectacular walking opportunity, 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.


An electoral ward with 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. ^ a b "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2015.

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