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The History of Kent
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History of Herne
Herne comes from the Anglian word 'Hyrne' meaning an 'Angle, a corner'; therefore,
an ‘angle or corner of land’.
Herne parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, originally built in the 11th century, as a Chapel-
The Reverend Nicolas Ridley, vicar of Herne, allowed the "Te Deum" to be sung in
English for the first time. In 1555, as the Bishop of London, Queen Mary had him
burnt at the stake, together with Bishop Latimer, for heresy. Prior to his death,
he wrote several letters in which he fondly remembered his time at Herne.
Herne developed as the first landfall along the coast from Reculver. The medieval street pattern is still evident today. The village grew slowly until the 18th Century, when an influx of wealthy families from Canterbury migrated to Herne for a healthier life near the sea. Herne became prosperous at that time as the nearby bay was an important outlet for trade to and from Canterbury and its surrounding area. Herne village acted as the control for goods passing through the bay to the city.