Worth, Kent

Coordinates: 51°15′23″N 1°20′50″E / 51.2563°N 1.3472°E / 51.2563; 1.3472


OS grid reference TR336561
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dover
Postcode district CT14
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament South Thanet
List of places

Worth is a small village situated near Sandwich, Kent, England. It has two public houses, a church, and a school.

C.S. Forester's fictional naval hero Horatio Hornblower was born in the village of Worth, according to Hornblower's biographer Cyril Northcote Parkinson, on 4 July 1776. His father was the local physician.

According to Parkinson (pg. 17), the name of the small village varied in the 18th Century from Word or Worde to Worth.

According to Parkinson (pg. 17) a farm called the Blue Pidgeons was central to the smuggling business at that time. There is today a Blue Pidgeon Inn in Worth. The Blue Pigeons recently (1 April 2011) won Channel Four's "Three in a Bed" as the best B&B.

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