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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Canterbury.

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Canterbury to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Canterbury to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Canterbury to:

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Canterbury to Williamson, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 292 miles [469.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,163 miles [9,918.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,876 miles [11,065.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,752 miles [7,647.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Canterbury ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Canterbury.

While the name Canterbury is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Madison County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 321 miles [516.6 km] to the Southwest


Windham County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the East Northeast


Kent County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 372 miles [598.7 km] to the East Northeast


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the South

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Baltimore County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 329 miles [529.5 km] to the East Northeast

Carroll County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the East Northeast

Talbot County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Talbot County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the East Northeast

Wicomico County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Wicomico County   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Canterbury   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Merrimack County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Merrimack County   [Map]
Distance: About 676 miles [1,087.9 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Orange County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Orange County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Orange County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Carolina

Pitt County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Pitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the East Southeast

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Clark County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Clark County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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York County

Our profile page for Canterbury, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 333 miles [535.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Our profile page for Canterbury   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the South

Greenville County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the South

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the South

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Culpeper County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Culpeper County   [Map]
Distance: About 230 miles [370.1 km] to the East

Henrico County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Henrico County   [Map]
Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canterbury, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 112 miles [180.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Canterbury ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Ajax   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Canterbury   [Map]
Borderland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Cinderella   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Diamond   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Goodman   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Greyeagle   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Kermit   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Lovely (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Parsley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Parsley Bottom   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Pilgrim (KY)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Puritan Mines   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rural (KY)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Scarlet   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Stepptown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Stonecoal   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sulphur Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Trace   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Whirlwind   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Canterbury. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Canterbury

Stirrat [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of Canterbury

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Canterbury. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Canterbury. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Canterbury) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canterbury. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8215, Longitude: -82.2568     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canterbury have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Canterbury to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 311.048 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.877 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.298 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Canterbury, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Canterbury could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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