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Bishopsbourne nestles in the Nailbourne valley some four miles from Canterbury. The village amenities are a lovely church, a forge, a postbox, a red telephone box and The Mermaid - a public house.

A note about the map: It's taken from Multimap, linked from the word Bishopsbourne above, and on the more detailed map they have missed the name off Station Hill and called it Crow Camp Road in error. Crow Camp Road starts above the railway bridge. The map is also vague about the location of the PH - look for the phone symbol, follow the small black line showing that the phone box is between two blocks, this is Park Lane. The Mermaid is on the lower right-hand corner of the upper block, i.e. it is on the left of The Street rather than across the river, behind the village hall as indicated here.
I've had a bit of a rethink on the Bishopsbourne pages and split them out into separate sections. This means that the pages don't take as long to load and as more images are added it'll be easier to manage.

To everyone who has mailed me - I'm terribly sorry but my old PC suddenly died and I lost the mails and email addresses. Please feel free to mail me again, I hope to find a local historian who can do the wonderful tales of life in Bishopsbourne justice.

General views around the village including the church and Bourne Terrace:
The Mermaid including the snow photos:
The Mermaid
Bishopsbourne Cricket Club in action, the supporters, the magnificent Charlton Park ground and a link to the 2005 fixture list:
Bishopsbourne's Spitfire. This article was researched and written by Mark Jopling, Historian, of Kingston


  • Many thanks to my lovely previous landlady for selling the house and making me get off it and find somewhere nice to live.
  • This is a Nogbad production.
  • I've got loads more photos of the village - if there is any interest at all I'll upload them - mail me and let me know.
  • "And what is good, Phædrus, And what is not good..., Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?" Pirsig
  • This page is made of recycled electrons - pass 'em on, don't bin them.
  • It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it.
  • Weird but true - tonight (28/03/05) while sitting in the pub the phone in the red telephone box outside started ringing. It was a misty night and I've seen "An American Werewolf in London" so I let it ring!
  • Click here to see the full list of disclaimers and some information about an aquatic legend.
  • This really isn't a rehearsal. Turn off your PC and go outside. Meet someone new, say "Hello!", find out who they are and add them to your list of friends, get their email address and mobile number and keep in touch. Let us weirdos worry about keeping the Internet going. Go on - you know it makes sense, do it while you still can, get away, Run! Run! We'll keep you covered! It's too late for some of us but you are still young!
  • Au is Dutch for Ouch!
  • If someone made a film of your life would you be the star?
  • Structural stuff - it's a table with four uneven columns that I've merged in places. This second bit is a nested table so that I could use eccentric spacing without twisting the page out of shape. I've used my standard css file, if you want to look it's at ../images/personal.css, for the colours and fonts and link decoration and date.js for the date thingy. It all seems to behave in Slimbrowser, Firefox, IE, Opera and Mozilla - let me know if your experience is otherwise unless you are using a hand-rolled browser known only to three people in which case keep it to yourself.
  • We put a man on the moon - is anything really impossible?
  • Steve and Jackie are always happy to welcome new custom at The Mermaid so please call in and have a beer - it's a fine pub - I'm the young, tall, thin, tanned, athletic-looking guy sitting at the bar with a book and a diet coke and the cigarettes are not mine, I'm minding them for a friend. Update:I really have stopped smoking.
  • Parking in Bishopsbourne can be troublesome on busy weekends when the glitterati come out to play. It's best to park somewhere between the pub and the village hall or on as far as the church rather than down past The Mermaid and in front of Bourne Cottages (that okay Jackie?)
  • As always - built using Macromedia Dreamweaver, NVU, hand-coding, blood, sweat and beers.
  • Make tea not war.
  • One life, one love, one City!
  • Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
  • Everyone should have something to believe in - I believe I'll have another drink.
  • Om Mani Peme Hung
  • Let me forget about today until tomorrow. (Dylan)
  • Girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money :-) (Good Charlotte)
  • Elvis has left the building.
  • Revoir! Auf Wiederschauen!

Boring stuff:

All images and text are copyright Nigel Gibson 2004/5© Please feel free to reuse anything you feel of value but do the decent thing and attribute them - better yet link to this site and we'll all have good karma.

If you are using IE with the latest service pack and it screams like a screamy thing about Active X and security it's the JavaScript used to fly a clock display at the top of the page and a script I use to hide the email address from harvesters. If you have the desire and the savvy grab the code for either or both with my blessing but remember where you got them when you make your first million! :-)

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