St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent

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The Drove, Fordwich,
Canterbury, Kent, CT2 0DE.

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St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent

The small and welcoming church of St Mary’s in Fordwich is just 3 miles from Canterbury and has been offering rest to weary pilgrims for centuries, sitting on the ancient Way of St Augustine. Slap-bang on the River Great Stour, the truly teeny-tiny town of Fordwich still has the feel of a quaint town of centuries past, with its totally titchy Town Hall, virtually untouched since it was built in 1544. You can mess about on the river, or make like a true pilgrim and avail yourself of the victuals and ale provided by England’s smallest town’s two pubs – The George & Dragon and the award winning The Fordwich Arms.

The church itself is mellow and unspoilt, with seventeenth-century fittings and wall paintings. It is home to a strange carved stone, dating from around 1100. Nearly 1.7 metres long, the Fordwich Stone is thought to be a shrine made for the body parts – or relics – of a saint, maybe St Augustine of Canterbury

For more information about this church and the work of the CCT, click here.

Rambling and Roaming in Fordwich


Canterbury Cathedral –Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EHMother church of the Anglican faith and site of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket  (3.2 miles from church). Click here for more information.

Eastbridge Pilgrim Hospital – 25 High St, Canterbury CT1 2BDWell-preserved medieval pilgrim hostel with 14th century wallpaintings and a crypt  (3.6 miles from church). Click here for more information.

Canterbury Heritage Museum  –Stour St, Canterbury CT1 2NR – Excellent museum charting the unique history of the Canterbury area (3.5 miles from church). Click here for more information.

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More shops

The Goods Shed – Station Road West, Canterbury, CT28AN, Ph 01227 459153 – Large farmers Market & Restaurant (3.2 miles from church).

Cheesemakers of Canterbury – Lamberhurst Farm, Dargate, Faversham, ME13 9ES, Ph 01227 751741 – Artisanal cheese makers using local dairy products (13.2 miles from church).