Upper Hardres

Upper Hardres /hɑːrdz/ is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury District of Kent, England.

Upper Hardres
Upper Hardres
Location within Kent
Area8.11 km2 (3.13 sq mi)
Population385 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
 Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTR152507
Civil parish
  • Upper Hardres
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCT4
Dialling code01227
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament

The name of the Hardres family is perpetuated in the twin villages of Upper Hardres and Lower Hardres (pronounced 'hards'), on the Roman road, Stone Street, south-west of the city of Canterbury. The family owned this area for 700 years after the Norman Conquest. It is a said that Thomas Hardres, who was knighted for his valour at the Siege of Boulogne in 1544, brought back the town gates and erected them at Upper Hardres, though there is little evidence of their existence today.[2]


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