City of Canterbury

City of Canterbury
City of Canterbury
—  Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City  —
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury shown within Kent
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Kent
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQ Canterbury
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 - Type Non-metropolitan district council
 - Body Canterbury City Council
 - Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 - MPs Julian Brazier
Roger Gale
 - Total 119.2 sq mi (308.84 km2)
Area rank 137th (of 326)
Population (2010 est.)
 - Total 153,200
 - Rank 122nd (of 326)
 - Density 1,284.8/sq mi (496/km2)
 - Ethnicity 93.4% White
2.2% S.Asian
1.6% Chinese and other
1.4% Mixed Race
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 29UC
OS grid reference TR145575

The City of Canterbury is a local government district with city status in Kent, England. The main settlement in the district is Canterbury, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.



The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the existing city of Canterbury with the Whitstable and Herne Bay Urban Districts, and Bridge-Blean Rural District. The latter district entirely surrounded the city; the urban districts occupied the coastal area to the north.


Within the district are the towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable, which with the parishes and the cathedral city itself, make up the 'City of Canterbury' district. There are 26 parishes within the district, as follows:[1]

Swalecliffe is an unparished area within the district.

The area is in the main rural, although the entire coastal strip is taken up by the almost unbroken sprawl of seaside towns from Seasalter, west of Whitstable, to Herne Bay, Kent. Between them and the city there is high land, well wooded, south of which the Great Stour flows from its source beyond Ashford. The city of Canterbury stands upon this river.

Twin towns

The district participates in the Sister Cities programme, with links[2] to:

Several towns and villages within the City of Canterbury district have their own twinning arrangements;[2] see in particular Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.


  1. ^ "Parish Councils". Canterbury City Council. 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Canterbury City Council - Twinning contacts. Retrieved on 14 October 2009

External links

Coordinates: 51°17′N 1°05′E / 51.28°N 1.08°E / 51.28; 1.08

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