Kent Places and People – Conference Sat 12 Nov 2016 – Canterbury

What’s in a name?

All will be revealed at Canterbury conference

Kent place names, field names and surnames will be discussed at a conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 12 November (2016).


Some of today’s Canterbury place names remind us of orchards, fields and meadows that disappeared many years ago.

Solly’s Orchard is now a garden at Greyfriars Chapel; Miller’s Field, beside the River Stour, is now mostly covered by a car park; Beverley Meadow, St Stephen’s, is now a public park.

Chapman’s Meadow, on the Pilgrims’ Way, is still unspoilt but is threatened by a vast 4,000-homes garden suburb, the biggest planning application in the city’s history. It will cover an area of farmland larger than the city centre.

In Maidstone, Fairmeadow, where the town’s fairs were held, is now a multi-lane highway to the M20.

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