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Fordwich Parish

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Your Online Parish Clerk for Fordwich is:  VACANT.  

Fordwich is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Canterbury.  The church is named for St. Mary with original parish registers commencing 1683.

Fordwich, a village and a parish in Bridge district, Kent.  The village stands on the river Stour, adjacent to Sturry rail station, 2 miles east-north-east of Canterbury;  was known at Domesday as Forewich;  shows marks of great antiquity;  is a member of Sandwich cinque port, and a seat of sessions;  and gives the title of Viscount to Earl Cowper.  The Stour was formerly tidal to this point;  and Fordwich was then a port, visited by seaborne ships, and had extensive fisheries.  The trout, in its vicinity, have always been famous, and are noted by Fuller as differing, in many considerable properties, from all other trout.  The parish comprises 459 acres.  Real property in 1860, £1,335.  Population in 1861, 202.  Houses, 49.  The property is divided among a few.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £178.  Patron, Earl Cowper.  The church comprises two aisles and a chancel, with a steeple;  is in pretty good condition;  and formerly contained a curious Saxon tomb, which was removed to Canterbury cathedral.  Charities, £46.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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