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    Fordwich Town Hall, Canterbury

    Fordwich Town Hall, Canterbury



    Fordwich Town Hall

    01227 711950


    King Street,
    CT2 0DB

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    Fordwich Town Hall was built in 1544 during the reign of King Henry VIII. It is decked with lovely herringbone brickwork on the outside whilst the interior retains all the original timbers. The upstairs was used as a Courtroom for many centuries and, in the ground floor jail, three men were last imprisoned in 1855 for poaching the famous Fordwich trout! At the rear end stands the Crane House with its crane ready to be swung out to unload boats. It was here that the stone that came from Caen in Normandy to re-build Canterbury Cathedral was unloaded in the 11th century.

    Today the Town Hall is used by the Town Council for all their meetings and it is believed to be the oldest and the smallest in the country still in use. The Town Hall is now licensed to hold small weddings and civil ceremonies for up to 35 guests. In the ground floor Undercroft, a ten minute DVD film about Fordwich and the Town Hall can be viewed by all visitors including those unable to go to the upstairs courtroom.

    The Town Hall is open to the public during the summer (see opening details) and during Heritage Open Days in September when entrance is free. Group visits are welcome and can be arranged throughout the year.

    For further details see

    Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

    Partial wheelchair access.

    Opening details

    The Town Hall is open to the public on the following days:
    - Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
    - May and August Bank Holidays
    - Every Sunday during the summer, starting with the first Sunday in May and ending with the last Sunday in September.
    - Additionally every Wednesday during August.

    Opening times are 1.30pm to 4pm


    Adults £2
    Children under 14 Free



    See location of Fordwich Town Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TR 179597  Lat: 51.29507 Long: 1.12543

    The historic Town of Fordwich lies on the Great Stour river, about two miles east of Canterbury, just south of the A28 road to Thanet, close to Sturry. Bus and train links to Fordwich and Canterbury are good.

    Parking: free


    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    Partial wheelchair access.

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