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The picturesque Thanet village with a unique story behind its name

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Original article from Kent Live

The village of St Nicholas-at-Wade sits just off the busting A299 but you’d never know it.

The picturesque village is the last stop on the way out of Thanet but is an oasis of peace and tranquillity.

With a population of less than a 1,000 and just a couple of pubs and a post office, the village has a real charm to it.

The ‘at Wade’ part of the name derives from the time when the Wantsum Channel and Stour used to cut off Thanet from the rest of Kent.

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At that time, St Nicholas would have been a point where people would have been able to wade to get from the island to the mainland.

Rest assured, the channel silted up a long time ago and today the remains are a drainage ditch at the northern end of the village.

Nowadays, the village is now easily accessible to Canterbury, Whitstable and Thanet and has a couple of bus routes that run through a handful of times every day.

The Post Office in St Nicholas at Wade

The village is mainly centred around the ‘The Street’ , a 600 yard road that runs from the A28 through to the church at the other end.

On the way through you’ll find two pubs situated opposite each other.

On one side lies The Bell Inn and across the road sits The Sun Inn both perfect locations if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Thanet.

The Bell Inn is one of two pubs in St Nicholas-at-Wade

In town you’ll also find a rather picturesque post office, antiques shop and village hall.

The village is filled with fine 17th Century houses with a strong Dutch influence present.

The aforementioned church of St Nicholas at Wade is a Grade 1 listed building and was once used as an important landmark for ships off the coast.

Next time you're in a queue heading in to Thanet just think – it could have been a lot worse!

You could have been wading your way through in to the island.

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