Shepway is a local government district in Kent, England. It includes the towns of Folkestone and Hythe and the Romney Marsh. It is named after the Jutish lathe of Shepway; the Royal Court of Shepway, which met near Lympne at a place called Shepway Cross, was the principal court of the Cinque Ports...
District of Kent
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. Its original site was in a valley in the sea cliffs and it developed through fishing and its closeness to the Continent
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as a landing place and trading port. The coming of the railways, the building of a ferry port, and its growing importance as a seaside resort
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all contributed to its growth. Currently Folkestone has the only sandy beach and coastal park within an hour of north London.
A Norman knight held a Barony of Folkestone, by which time the settlement had become a fishing village.