The memorial to The Few at Capel-le-Ferne
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Capel-le-Ferne / / 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. 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.
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. Towards Dover, Samphire Hoe can be reached and the area is popular for walking or cycling.
- RNAS Capel a first world war airship station to the east of the village
- St Mary's Church, Capel-le-Ferne
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- Official Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council Website
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- Photos of the ancient St Mary's church in Capel-Le-Ferne
Ferne also means "far off', as in, the ferne hills. It was published in Chaucer's epic novel.