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About Bridge

Bridge is a village and civil parish near Canterbury in Kent, South East England

Bridge village is in the Nailbourne valley in a rural setting on the old Roman road, Watling Street, formerly the main road between London and Dover. The village itself is centred 2.5 miles south-east of the city of Canterbury.

History

It is likely that the parish took its name from “Bregge”, a bridge which crossed the river Nailbourne, a tributary of the Stour. The village developed along the old Roman Watling Street, formerly the main road between London and Dover.

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.

Bridge, Kent
Bridge, Kent - Click to enlarge

Geography

The village is surrounded by a buffer zone, and is almost entirely residential and agricultural. Its layout is a cross between a linear settlement and a clustered settlement.

The older part of the village is built on fairly level alluvial and head deposits, the height of the land varying between 25m and 50m above sea level. In the early 1960’s a significant amount of residential building took place to the south of the centre of the village at Bridge Down. This development is situated on north west facing chalk-land between 50m and 75m above sea level.

Bridge Parish boundary
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Conservation areas

There are four conservation areas in Bridge.

  • Bifrons Park
  • Bourne Park
  • Bridge
  • Renville Park and Bridge Railway Station

Bridge is located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (kentdowns.org.uk)

Bridge Conservation areas
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Flooding

Flooding

With parts of Bridge located in the Nailbourne valley, there are areas prone to flooding as indicated on the map.

The last flood was in 2014.

You can view up-to-date flood maps at gov.uk

Demography

According to post code data from the 2011 census there are 656 occupied households in Bridge, with a total population of 1603.