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Boughton-under-Blean, Hernhill and Harbledown.
Dunkirk is five miles east of Faversham, just off the A2 and is seven miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury. It has easy access to the M2 motorway network. The neighbouring villages are Boughton under Blean and Hernhill. Many of the houses are of simple weatherboarded structures. There is a small amount of light industry in the village.
Uniquely in Kent, Dunkirk can claim to be virtually a ‘New World’ village. In other parishes in the county you will find at least one medieval building – and often lots. Not so here. The earliest buildings and there are only two or three, date from the 18th century. Serious house-building did not start till after 1840.
Dunkirk became notorious for harbouring smugglers and other minor criminals. Some of them built little shacks for themselves and settled there permanently. Eventually they became law abiding and made a modest living in the timber trade. Hence the dedication of one of the parish’s two pubs – The Woodman’s Hall. In 1838 Dunkirk was the scene of the last armed rising on British soil. It was just the right place. Though close to Faversham and Canterbury, it was still a wild area. Seven men and their leader Sir William Courtenay were killed in this uprising.
Road and Rail Links:
The nearest National Rail Stations are Canterbury (approximately 5 miles away and Faversham (approximately 3 miles away). There is a regular bus service into Faversham, Canterbury and the seaside town of Whitstable.
Dunkirk Farm Shop, Maytree Nursery.
There is a mobile library. The village hall. The nearest post office, library, hairdressers, garage and opticians is in Boughton under Blean. Local builders.
Doctors and Dentists:
GP Dr. Chopra in Boughton under Blean. The nearest dentists are located in Faversham.
Boughton under Blean and Dunkirk primary schools. There are a variety of secondary public and private schools in Canterbury and Faversham
Clubs and Leisure Facilitites:
Playing fields, caravan park.The nearest facilities are in Boughton are these comprise of Golf club, the village hall houses the library, WI meetings and other clubs for adults and children. Sports field, children’s play areas. Football club. The nearest cricket club is in Harbledown (approximately 1 mile away).
Pubs and Restaurants:
The Red Lion.
Blean woods which have been designated a site of special scientific interest and covers more than 3,000 hectares - more than 11 square miles with wonderful walks amongst the trees and wildflowers. It is also an RSPB nature reserve, with access to paths at all times. Mount Ephraim gardens set at the heart of an 800 acre estate comprising of the house, gardens and a fruit farm. Farming World in also close by and good fun for al the family.