Five miles east of Canterbury, situated in the valley of the Little Stour, lies Wickhambreaux, one of East Kent’s most beautiful villages.
Wickhambreaux, pronounced wick-ham-brew takes its name from the Saxon Wickham – a dwelling by a marsh – and the suffix added later when in the 13th century when the land was owned by the de Breuse family.
As it’s name suggests Wickhambreaux is nestled between the wet, flat, cattle-grazed water meadows that stretch out onto the Ash Level and fertile farm land producing some of Kent’s finest fruit, cereal and vegetable crops.
The village retains its old pattern of church, manor house, rectory, coaching inn (The Rose) and water mill surrounding the green. Many buildings are of architectural interest and a walk through the village reveals further fine examples of Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian architecture.
It is the perfect location to explore the unique habitats of the chalk streams and read beds, and is a popular haunt for keen ornithologists and nature lovers throughout the year. See our Pub Walks page for details.
Joan of Kent mother of Richard II
Wickhambreaux manor was the home of Joan of Kent, wife to Edward Plantagenet, and mother of Richard II. Joan was very much a power behind the throne and was well-loved for her influence over the young king.
The 14th century Church of St Andrews
St Andrews Church is situated on the opposite corner of the picturesque village green in full view of The Rose Inn. Approached along an avenue of lime trees the 14th century flint and stone church houses some unique treasures and is really worth a visit.
The East window is a stunning piece of Art Nouveau design and the church organ and surrounding tiling are a must-see for anyone interested in the art of the gothic revival. The Church is also rare in that it is decorated with a beautiful starred ceiling and accompanying angels on the walls of the nave dating from both the Victorian and medieval periods.
Dambuster Squadron Leader David Maltby
The Churchyard is home to the last resting place of Squadron Leader David Maltby of 617 Squadron, who carried out the famous Dambusters raid in 1943, delivering a catastrophic hit to the Mohne Dam with the famous “bouncing bomb” designed by Barns Wallis.
Country Pub walks in East Kent
The Rose Inn Free House is situated in the perfect location for exploring the very best of the East Kent countryside just 5 miles from Canterbury’s buzzing city centre.
Less than a quarter of a mile away are the picturesque Seaton Lakes and beautiful riverside walk along the banks of the Little Stour. This little known East Kent beauty spot is the perfect way to relax or work up an appetite before heading for the comfort of the Rose Inn for a refreshing pint or a hearty meal.
Here is a PDF MAP you can print showing our closest and most beautiful walk and how to find us.