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Thanington is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Population2,662 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density555/km2 (1,440/sq mi)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCanterbury
Postcode districtCT1, CT4
Dialling code01227
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
  • Canterbury
List of places
51°16′07″N 1°03′17″E / 51.268610°N 1.054800°E / 51.268610; 1.054800Coordinates: 51°16′07″N 1°03′17″E / 51.268610°N 1.054800°E / 51.268610; 1.054800

Thanington is a civil parish and inner suburb of Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. It extends to the south-west of A2 from Wincheap to the Milton Bridge in Chartham. It is the only parished area within the City of Canterbury.

The north ward of Thanington Without follows the River Stour nearest to the city centre and London railway line, it has private housing north of Ashford Road and a large estate of mixed housing south of Ashford Road. The South ward of Thanington Without is a linear settlement along New House Lane, New House Close and Iffin Lane. The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.[2] The current civil parish was renamed from "Thanington Without" to "Thanington" on 1 April 2019.[3]


As with the rest of Canterbury, transport is neither urban super-highway nor rural back lanes in relation to the rest of Kent. An on-slip road was opened in September 2011 onto the westbound A2. Previously (since the A2 Canterbury bypass was constructed in the early 1980s), the two slip roads at Thanington were east-facing and led only to and from Dover. In 2006, the Government, the Highways Agency, Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council agreed that adding the two west-facing slip-roads would help to ease the traffic congestion in Wincheap between the Westgate and the A2. The fourth slip-road is still awaiting funding and construction.


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ "Parishes: Thanington | British History Online". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ "The Canterbury City Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order 2018" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 15 May 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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