Monkton, Kent

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Coordinates: 51°20′16″N 1°16′54″E / 51.3379°N 1.2817°E / 51.3379; 1.2817

Monkton
Church of St. Mary Magdelene, Monkton.jpg
Church of St. Mary Magdelene, Monkton
Monkton is located in Kent
Monkton
 Monkton shown within Kent
OS grid reference TR286649
Civil parish Monkton
District Thanet
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RAMSGATE
Postcode district CT12
Dialling code 01843
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament South Thanet
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Monkton is an English village on the Canterbury-Ramsgate road. It is at the southwestern edge of the Isle of Thanet, Kent near St Nicholas at Wade and Minster-in-Thanet. The church there is dedicated to Mary Madgalene. Inside the Church is a plaque, commemorating a local soldier, Euncie Rochelle, who died in the Iraq war. Monkton is no longer thought of as a village in its own right and is usually assumed to be part of neighbouring village Minster-in-Thanet.

In the November of 2007, the village exploded, with the remains afterwards being burnt down, with firefighters attempting to put out the blaze, but having so few people and being so far away from any other main towns, the thirty firefighters were unable to reach it in time. However, fortunately, all of Monkton's twenty people were evacuated into safety to nearby Minster. However, Minster was reported to have complained about the overcrowding caused by this and threw out the newcomers, expecting them to go back to the destroyed settlement. Unfortunately for the hamlet, Monkton's largest building, a single storey house, was also lost, and therefore it is thought to take a long time before the people of Monkton are able to resettle in a new place, or whether they will be able to reconstruct some of their old one.[1]

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  1. Gas explosion in workshop blaze; BBC news; [2007,11,26]; retrieved on [2007,11,30];

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