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Britain’s smallest town

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A new book ‘Fordwich - Britain’s smallest Town’ has just been published. Compiled by Roger Clayton, who has lived in the Town for over 40 years. it includes 114 illustrations (88 in colour).

The book includes topics such as:
  • The impact on Fordwich of the rise and fall in the level of the Wantsum Channel
  • Why Fordwich became a flourishing port in the early Saxon period
  • Why it was granted the status of a ‘borough’ at an early date
  • How the Town governed itself
  • Why it played such an important role in the construction of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Why it became a member of the Cinque Ports as a ’limb’ of Sandwich
  • The celebrated Fordwich Trout and fishing rights
  • Details of the construction and contents of the charming Town Hall, (and its ducking stool and gaol!)
  • Details of some of the criminal cases heard in the Court of Fordwich between1460 and 1560
  • Descriptions of 25 houses, great and small, in Fordwich
  • Short biographies of 8 people of national prominence with connections with Fordwich
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Do you know:

  • How Fordwich dealt with criminals condemned to death?
  • That there were 7 Viscounts of Fordwich?
  • That a section of the stained glass in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral portrays the “Miraculous Cure of Mad Henry of Fordwich”


The price is £10. However after the printing costs have been met, the income from the sale of the book will be donated to Parkinson’s UK, a charity which helps those with this progressive and incurable disease and their carers. It also funds research to find a cure for Parkinsons.
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If you would like to purchase a copy, please phone 01227 710326 or
with your name and telephone number and I will get back to you.

If you would like a copy by post please send a cheque payable to H. R. Clayton for £12 (£10 for the book and £2 for posting and packaging) with label giving the address of the recipient.

The address is: Ladywell House, Spring Lane, Fordwich, Canterbury, CT2 0DL

Roger Clayton