Herne Bay is a seaside town in Kent, England, in the parish of Herne; it is between six and seven miles north of Canterbury, and part of the City of Canterbury local government district.
Facts at a glance
Population: Approx. 58,932
Region: South East England
Ceremonial county: Kent
Traditional county: Kent
Dialling code: 01227
The name is sometimes said to be derived from the herons that frequented the salt-water shallows between the town and neighbouring Whitstable.
However, Herne Bay is etymologically a place on a "corner of land".
It comes from the Old English hyrne ("angle, corner") and was first recorded in about 1100 as Hyrnan.
This may relate to the sharp turn in the Roman Road from Canterbury to Reculver at Herne.
The village, which gave its name to the parish, is two miles inland and in 1831 the parish (including Herne Bay) contained 1876 inhabitants.
The tower of Herne Church was maintained as a lighthouse for three centuries and the firebasket remains stored in the top chamber of the tower.
From Herne Bay operated a smugglers' gang, who in 1820 were to become involved with a series of fights, before finally being overpowered by the prevention service.
Herne Bay came into prominence during the late Victorian era as a seaside resort.
Thus much of the seafront architecture is late Victorian.
The Victorian gardens on the seafront were then able to be fully restored.
Residents and businesses are campaigning for a full restoration of the pier.
The town museum contains many historic photographs on the effects of storms and flooding on the area.
The Victorian bandstand is now home to the Herne Bay Information Centre.
Parts of the first series of Little Britain was filmed along the seafront of Herne Bay.
A wind farm has recently been constructed 8.5km north of the coast.
The farm contains 30 2.75MW wind turbines generating a total of 82.4MW of electricity for the local community.
Herne bay was the site of the testing of the bouncing bomb, and it was recovered.
For a more information about Herne Bay see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herne Bay) November 2005
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This information was correct in November 2005. E. & O.E.
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