FOLKESTONE, a town and parish in Kent. The town stands on the coast, 6 ½ miles WSW of Dover, and 15 SSE of Canterbury. Its name was written Folcestane by the Saxons, and Fulchestan in the Domesday book; and has been regarded as a corruption of variously Fulke's Town, signifying the town of Fulke, Folk's-Stane, signifying the 'fairies rock,' and Flosstane, signifying 'the break in the rock'.