Goodnestone, Dover

Goodnestone is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of Kent, England. The village is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) east-southeast from the city of Canterbury, and 5 miles (8 km) west-southwest from Sandwich. The civil parish also contains the villages of Chillenden and Knowlton, and the hamlets of Rowling and Tickenhurst.

Holy Cross Church from Walled Garden of Goodnestone Park Kent England 1.jpg
Holy Cross Church from the Walled Garden of Goodnestone Park
Goodnestone is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population378 {2011 Census including Knowlton}[1]
OS grid referenceTR255545
• London60 mi (97 km) ESE
Civil parish
  • Goodnestone
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCanterbury
Postcode districtCT3
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°14′42″N 1°13′46″E / 51.2450°N 1.2295°E / 51.2450; 1.2295Coordinates: 51°14′42″N 1°13′46″E / 51.2450°N 1.2295°E / 51.2450; 1.2295

Goodnestone's Grade I listed parish church of the Holy Cross is in the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Canterbury and the Deanery of East Bridge.[2] The church is set adjacent to Goodnestone Park, and dates from the 12th century, with additions and alterations to the 19th. Hussey and Rickman rebuilt the nave, chancel, and south porch in 1839–41. Within the church chancel is a 1752 monument by Peter Scheemakers to Brook Bridges (died 1717), of Goodnestone Park.[3][4] A curate of Holy Cross was Herbert James, the father of Cambridge academic and ghost story writer M. R. James who was born at Goodnestone Parsonage in 1862.[citation needed]

Goodnestone ParkEdit

At the south-west of the village is Goodnestone Park, a mansion with estate and gardens. Only the gardens are open to the public. The home was built in 1704 by Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet. Elizabeth, the daughter of the 1st Baronet's grandson Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet, married Jane Austen's brother. Austen visited her brother and Elizabeth at the estate regularly during their early married life.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Goodnestone" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Church of England. Retrieved 2 March 2015
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of the Holy Cross (1070258)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Goodnestone, near Sandwich", Kent Archaeological Society. Retrieved 2 March 2015
  5. ^ "History of Goodnestone", Goodnestone Park Gardens. Retrieved 2 March 2015

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