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Chilham is a parish in the English county of Kent. Visited by tourists worldwide, it is known for its beauty. Chilham has been a location for a number of films and television dramas. In particular it hosted the 1944 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Presburger, A Canterbury Tale (1944). Chilham is located in the valley of the River Great Stour, and beside the A28 road 6 miles south of Canterbury. It is centered around an erstwhile market square, where a traditional annual May Day is celebrated; the Square and the village are transformed by market stalls and festivities. At each end of the square are its major buildings: Chilham Castle and the parish church, dedicated to St Mary. The White Horse Public House dates from the 16th century.There are three settlements in the parish: Chilham, Shottenden and Old Wives Lees. The Neolithic longbarrow of Julliberrie's Grave is in the parish.
The Church is a Norman structure and it is believed that Thomas Becket was buried in the churchyard. A walk around the church reveals a beautiful 'Queen Anne' Old Vicarage, just one example of the fine period houses in the village. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)