Whitstable  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whitstable like this:

WHITSTABLE, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands on the coast, at the terminus of the Canterbury and Whitstable railway, and on the Kent Coast line of the London, Chatham, and Dover railway, 6 miles NNW of Canterbury; is long and straggling; carries on a great oyster fishery, and a considerable coaltrade; and has a post-office‡ under Canterbury, a r. ...

station with telegraph, a large coast guard station, an ancient church, a Primitive Methodist chapel, endowed schools, and a fair on the Thursday before Whitsunday.—The parish includes part of Harwich hamlet; and comprises 3,610 acres of land, and 465 of water. Real property, £12,732; of which £50 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 2,746; in 1861, 3,675. Houses, 730. The increase of pop. arose from extension of the shipping-trade. The property is much subdivided. Tankerton Castle is the seat of W. Ellis, Esq. Salt-works and copperas-works are on the shore. Ancient remains are on a sea-bank in Tankerton bay; and Roman pottery has been found in dredging for oysters. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £160.* Patron, the Archbishop.—The sub-district includes Seasalter and Swalecliff; is in Blean district; and comprises 8,543 acres. Pop. in 1851, 4,162: in 1861, 5,221. Houses, 1,031.-The hundred is in St. Augustine lathe, and comprises 6,335 acres. Pop. in 1851, 3,406. Houses, 636.

Whitstable through time

Whitstable is now part of Canterbury district. Click here for graphs and data of how Canterbury has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Whitstable itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whitstable, in Canterbury and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th June 2024

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