Place:Betteshanger, Kent, England

Alt namesBedeshamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 146
Betshangersource: Family History Library Catalog
Betleshangresource: Wikipedia
TypeVillage, Former parish
Coordinates51.217°N 1.317°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1935
Northbourne, Kent, Englandcivil parish which it joined in 1935
Dover (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Betteshanger is a village near Deal in the eastern part Kent, England. It gave its name to the largest of the four chief collieries of the Kent coalfield.

Betteshanger parish (with variation 'Betleshangre') has existed at least since Domesday times. It remained a small scattered parish until the advent of the Kent Coalfield. St Mary's church sits almost alone in woodland in the centre of the parish. At 'Little Betteshanger' a cluster of houses surround Betteshanger Farm. In 1935 the parish merged with the neighbouring Northbourne parish.

Betteshanger colliery opened in the late 1920s and was the largest of the Kent collieries. It had two shafts of almost 2300 feet, plaques can still be seen where the shafts were once sunk. Betteshanger had a tradition of union militancy; it was the first pit to come out on strike during the second World War and took active part in the miners' strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984/5. It was the last Kent colliery to close, closing for good in 1989.

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