infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption=Fordwich Town Hall
City of Canterbury
region= South East England
post_town= CANTERBURY|postcode_district = CT2
postcode_area= CT|dial_code= 01227
london_distance= 65.8 mi
Fordwich /IPA|ˈfɔːdˌwɪtʃ/ is said to be the smallest
townin England, with a population of around 300 peopleSpecify|date=December 2006. It lies in Kent, on the River Stour, northeast of Canterbury.
The town grew in the
Middle Agesas a portfor boats on their way upriver to Canterbury. All of the Caen stone used by the Normans to rebuild Canterbury Cathedral in the 12th and 13th centuries was landed at Fordwich. It later became a limb of the Cinque Ports. It lost its status as a town in 1880 when it no longer had a Mayor and Corporation. However, in a reorganisation in 1972, Fordwich was again made a Town as much as anything because of its prior importance in what is now a rather sleepy corner of Kent. Fordwich Town Hall, supposedly the smallest in England, dates from the earlier period, having been rebuilt in 1555. The ancient parish church of St Mary the Virgin, now redundant but open to the public, contains part of a carved sarcophagus reputed to have contained the remains of St Augustine of Canterbury. The 16th century building next the Town Hall, now known as Watergate House, was the family home of John and Gregory Blaxland, early 19th century pioneers of Australia.
Fordwich is also known as the home of a legendary large fish (according to
Izaak Walton): the Fordwich trout. However, the Fordwich trout is no longer there for anglers to catch.
Local Public Houses
George & Dragon
* [http://www.fordwich.net Fordwich organisations, History, Town Hall opening times]
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