St Nicholas-at-Wade

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St Nicholas-at-Wade
Church of St Nicholas, St Nicholas at Wade.jpg
The Street, St Nicholas-at-Wade
St Nicholas-at-Wade is located in Kent
St Nicholas-at-Wade
St Nicholas-at-Wade
St Nicholas-at-Wade shown within Kent
Population 853 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TR2666
Civil parish
  • St Nicholas-at-Wade
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Birchington
Postcode district CT7
Dialling code 01843
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′14″N 1°15′07″E / 51.354°N 1.252°E / 51.354; 1.252Coordinates: 51°21′14″N 1°15′07″E / 51.354°N 1.252°E / 51.354; 1.252

St Nicholas-at-Wade (or St Nicholas) is both a village and a civil parish in the Thanet District of Kent, England. The parish had a recorded population of 782 at the 2001 Census, increasing t0 852 at the 2011 census.[1] The village of Sarre is part of the civil parish.[2]

The village is best known locally for the local custom of Hoodening, a type of mumming, as well as for its prolific potato production.


The name derives from its location on the western border of the Isle of Thanet (originally separated from the Kent mainland). Before the channels of the River Wantsum and River Stour silted up, one would have been able to 'wade' at this point, over a ford. In Roman times the channel was navigable and the site likely very busy with the Saxon Shore Forts of Regulbium (Reculver) and Rutupiae (Richborough) both close by. Remains of Roman shipbuilding yards are said to have been found between St. Nicholas-at-Wade and the nearby village of Sarre[3]


There are two public houses, 'The Bell' and 'The Sun'. There is also a Post Office, an antiques shop and a farm marketing office. One of the main potato suppliers in the country used to have its headquarters near St Nicholas Court in the northwest of the village, but the site closed in late 2015. Hedgend Industrial Estate is on the northern outskirts. There is the local St Nicholas CE Primary School.[4]

The village hall (dating from 1930) houses a monthly craft fair and is also used as a polling station. There is a static caravan park at Frost Farm and a camping site at Streete Farm.

A sports field in Bell Meadow plays host to football and cricket matches, the cricket pavilion was constructed in the 1980s with the aid of Thanet District Council.


The 13th-century parish church of St Nicholas, after which the village and parish are named, was a chapel of ease for St Mary's Church at Reculver. The first rector is recorded as Adam de Brancestre in 1294. Built in flint, the church houses some fine 16th-century brasses, a carved oak pulpit dated 1615, and a coat of arms of King George III.[5] The parish has twice been enlarged, firstly in medieval times, when it was separated from the parish of Reculver and joined with the little-known chapelry of All Saints, Shuart in 1310, and again in the mid-16th century, when it was joined with the parish of St Giles, Sarre.[6] The church is currently part of the Wantsum Benefice.

St Nicholas Court has a fine example of a medieval underground chapel; however, little is known about the origins or past use of this building. The chapel is on private land but has been opened to visitors on some important local occasions.[7]


External links[edit]

St Nicholas-at-Wade with Sarre Parish Council