Ripple, Kent

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The Plough Inn, Ripple
Ripple is located in Kent
Ripple shown within Kent
Population 372 2011 Census
OS grid reference TR345465
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEAL
Postcode district CT14
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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KentCoordinates: 51°11′47″N 1°21′18″E / 51.1965°N 1.3550°E / 51.1965; 1.3550
Ripple mill
19th Century map of Ripple, Kent

Ripple is a village in Kent, England. It is also known as Ripple Vale.

John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, the commander of the first British Expeditionary Force was born there in 1852, and is buried at the village church. His sister Charlotte Despard, the suffragist, novelist and Sinn Féin activist was also born in Ripple in 1844.

Ripple Primary School, the village's state school, closed in 2007 due to low attendance. The village has one local pub, The Plough, a traditional English Ale-House. There is a windmill, which is being restored.

Ripple is also currently home to a rehab facility for alcohol and drug addiction.[1]

In the 1870s, Ripple was described as:

RIPPLE, a parish in Eastry district, Kent; near the coast, 2½ miles S W of Deal r. station. Post-town, Deal. Acres, 1, 134. Real property, £2, 676. Pop., 254. Houses, 51. The property is divided among a few. R. House, R. Court, and R. Vale are chief residences. Traces of a Roman entrenchment are a little to the N of the church; and another ancient entrenchment, anoblong of about ½ an acre, is called Dane Pits. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £278.* Patron, J. A. Johnson, Esq. The church was rebuilt in 1861; is in a mixed style, chiefly Norman; and has a tower and spire.[1]


According to the 2011 Census there were 199 males and 173 females living in the parish totaling 372 people.[2]

The population of Ripple from 1801, is seen to have fluctuated in numbers from a population of 122, to a population of 265 in 1961.[3] The parish of Ripple reached its highest population between 1801 and 1961, in 1911 with the population reaching 326.[4] After this peak of population, it slowly started to decline but was on the rise again after 1951.The total population has risen considerably between 1801 and the last census of 2011, with there being a difference in population number of 250 people which is a large scale change.

Total Population of Ripple from 1801-2011

Occupational Structure[edit]

The occupational structure from 1881, shows the different occupations that the residents of Ripple had adopted with the majority being involved in the agriculture sector. Males are seen to have the highest number of people working in agriculture at 40 in comparison to females which had none recorded doing this job.[5] The job role of agriculture is the most common occupation for males. The number of people with unknown occupations was higher for females at 51 compared to males at just 4 people, with it not being the social normality for women to have occupations in this decade which stems to the century of the Victorians, where many women had to stay at home to look after the children while the men went to work for example on the farms. Their jobs could also be unofficial with them not wanting to have them recorded or even not fitting into a certain occupational role. The most common occupation for women that is officially titled was domestic service or offices, which could be considered to be a stereotypical job in the eyes of the current population.

A chart showing the Occupational Structure of Ripple in 1881


The ethnicity of those living in Ripple, is varied with the majority of its residents (343 people)[6] being White British/English/Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish, and a small number being of other White ethnicity. The ethnicity of Other White residents, means that they could be either European or American or even Australian, with them having to have emigrated from these continents either as a result of political issues throughout the country or for a different lifestyle with it most likely being the latter. The location of Ripple also makes it an ideal location for those who are travelling from overseas with the Dover port being an estimated 20 minute drive away from the Parish. The remaining number of residents, is split into 4 White Irish, 1 Mixed Ethnicity of White and Asian, and 1 Asian as of 2011. [7]

A graph showing the Ethnicity of those living in Ripple

St Mary the Virgin Church[edit]

St Mary the Virgin Church, Ripple


  1. ^ "History of Ripple, in Dover and Kent | Map and description". Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Ripple(Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ripple CP/AP through time, Population Statistics, Total Population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ripple CP/AP through time, Population Statistics, Total Population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ripple CP/AP through time, Industry Statistics, Occupation data classified into the 24 1881 'Orders', plus sex,". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ethnicity statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ethnicity statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

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