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St Peters ("scī Petr'" [1254]; "scī Petri" [1270]; "St. Peters" [1610] ) is a part of Broadstairsmarker, a town on the Isle of Thanetmarker in Kentmarker. Historically a village, it was outgrown by the long dominant settlement of the two, Broadstairs after 1841. Originally the borough or manor of the church of St. Peter-in-Thanet ( the second daughter church of Minstermarker, established 1070, although the first written record of its present name is 1124 ), it was said to be the largest parish east of London, at least until Broadstairs became a separate parish 27 September 1850. The two settlements were formally merged administratively in 1895.

  • The church has the right to fly the white ensign dating from when the Church Tower was used as a signalling station in the Napoleonic wars.
  • The village sign won first prize in a nationwide competition in 1920.
  • Edward Heath was born there.
  • On 27 April 1952 an American Thunderjet from Manstonmarker crashed in the main street with loss of life.


Demography

St Peters compared
2001 UK Census St Peters ward Thanet borough England
Population 6,761 126,702 49,138,831
Foreign born 4.3% 5.1% 9.2%
White 97.8% 97.7% 90.9%
Asian 1.2% 0.9% 4.6%
Black 0.2% 0.3% 2.3%
Christian 75.7% 73.6% 71.7%
Muslim 0.3% 0.5% 3.1%
Hindu 0.3% 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 14% 15.9% 14.6%
Unemployed 2.8% 4.4% 3.3%
Retired 19.2% 17.5% 13.5%
As of the 2001 UK census, the St Peters electoral ward had a population of 6,761. The ethnicity was 97.8% white, 0.7% mixed race, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% black and 0.1% other. The place of birth of residents was 95.7% United Kingdom, 0.7% Republic of Ireland, 0.9% other Western European countries, and 2.7% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 75.7% Christian, 0.5% Buddhist, 0.3% Hindu, 0% Sikh, 0.1% Jewish, and 0.3% Muslim. 14% were recorded as having no religion, 0.4% had an alternative religion and 8.6% did not state their religion.

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 38% in full-time employment, 13.6% in part-time employment, 9% self-employed, 2.8% unemployed, 2.2% students with jobs, 3.9% students without jobs, 19.2% retired, 5.7% looking after home or family, 3.3% permanently sick or disabled and 2.3% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 16.1% retail, 14.9% manufacturing, 7.2% construction, 9.3% real estate, 13.2% health and social work, 12.1% education, 7.3% transport and communications, 5.5% public administration, 4.7% hotels and restaurants, 2.5% finance, 1% agriculture and 6.2% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in education and health and social work. There were a relatively low proportion in agriculture, real estate and finance. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 15.5% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.

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