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Sturry comes from the Old English ‘gē’ meaning a ‘district, region’ combined with a river name; therefore, ‘district of the River Stour’. Stour is an Old European river-name of uncertain meaning. The Domesday Book chronicles Sturry as Esturai.

Sturry parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Nicholas. In the 12th century, the Normans built the church replacing an earlier Saxon chapel. The monks of St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury added side aisles in the 13th century, whilst widening the north aisle, and building the Memorial Chapel, 80 years later. They carried out further construction work, such as the widening of the south aisle before the dissolution. Joseph Hatch cast a ring of five bells in 1622. In 1800, Edward Hasted wrote of the church  in his topographical survey that it ‘is a handsome large building,’ and ‘consists of three isles and a chancel, having a high slim spire steeple at the west end, in which are five bells and a clock. It is kept very clean and neat’. The Victorians carried out a severe restoration between 1867 and 1873, although many of the fittings have subsequently been removed. In 1904, Mears and Stainbank added a treble bell making six…. more

Sturry railway station opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Canterbury to Ramsgate line on 13 April 1846. Originally named ‘Sturry for Herne Bay’, it purported to serve the seaside town, despite being six miles from the resort. They dropped the suffix in 1861…. more

History of Sturry