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An oast house in Littlebourne.jpg
An oast house in Littlebourne
Littlebourne is located in Kent
Littlebourne shown within Kent
Area 8.52 km2 (3.29 sq mi)
Population 1,529 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density 179/km2 (460/sq mi)
OS grid reference TR208574
Civil parish
  • Littlebourne
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT3
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°16′36″N 1°10′02″E / 51.2767°N 1.1672°E / 51.2767; 1.1672Coordinates: 51°16′36″N 1°10′02″E / 51.2767°N 1.1672°E / 51.2767; 1.1672

Littlebourne is a village and civil parish 4 miles east of Canterbury in Kent, South East England.


The significant Howletts Anglo-Saxon cemetery is in the parish. It is regarded as "Jutish"; finds are in the British Museum and elsewhere, and include two of the very rare quoit brooches.[2]

The manor of Littlebourne belonged to St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury and the abbot maintained a vineyard there according to Canterbury MP and antiquarian John Twyne in his De Rebus Albionicis.[3]

The viticultural theme is reflected in the parish church's unusual dedication to St Vincent of Saragossa, patron saint of winemakers. The church is in all regards consistent to have been founded by the monks of St Augustine's, which oral history attests, in the 13th century and contains a medieval wall painting depicting Saint Christopher, patron saint of travellers.


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Smith, Reginald A., "Jutish Finds in Kent", The British Museum Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Mar., 1936), pp. 131-132, DOI: 10.2307/4421850. JSTOR; 329 objects in the British Museum
  3. ^ Hasted, Edward (1800). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Volume 9 (2 ed.). W. Bristow. p. 147. 

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