The Towns and Villages of Kent
City, Town or Village Details
This page/area of the website is still under construction. As you can appreciate gathering details on a large number of Kent towns and villages is quite a task.
The intention is to be able to give parochial information, such as market days, bus routes, nearest train station, church events, local businesses etc. Please see the entries for Aldington and Appledore as examples, but we are more than happy to include additional information if our users wish.
If you represent the local parish, are involved in local affairs for your town or village or have a local business, we would love to hear from you and perhaps you could provide some of the information on your area in order to promote your town or village further afield.
It may seem strange to those visiting this pretty village today, but Appledore was once a busy and important riverside port. Large ships were built on the shore, and it was a thriving trading centre.
In the 12th Century a series of violent storms changed the course of the River Rother, leaving Appledore dry for several hundred years, until the Royal Military Canal was built as part of the defences against Napoleon.
As well as giving Appledore back its links to the sea, the canal finally helped drain the polluted, marshy land, that had regularly bought disease to the population.
Appledore was important enough to warrant an attack from the French in 1380, when the church, and most of the village, was burned. The church that can be seen today is a rebuilt one, which boasts some fine stained glass windows and other treasures.
The main street is surprisingly wide, and still lined with historic houses from as far back as the Tudor period. Buildings such as the old Red Lion Hotel, and Ye Olde Forge, are certainly worth a look. Hornes Place, where the Hornes family resided from 1366, has a restored Oratory that has been under the protection of English Heritage since it was made a National Monument in 1951. Hornes Place was sacked by Wat Tylers followers, during the Peasants Revolt of 1381.
Edward III gave permission for a market to be held on land just outside the churchyard; land that was owned by the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. It continued until the end of the 19th Century.
Appledore's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Apuldre, which literally means 'the place of the apple tree'.
Today, Appledore is a pretty, sleepy village, much loved by tourists and locals alike. They come to enjoy walks along the canal, the historic buildings, and the colourful bulb fields. When you've finished your wandering, a nice cream tea in the tea-rooms is the perfect finale.
- Market Day
- There is no regular market that we are aware of.
- Closest Station
- Appledore Station is a couple of miles from the main village, and is on the Marsh-Link line that runs between Ashford and Hastings.
- Parking in Appledore is seldom a problem on the quiet village streets.
- Appledore has some interesting small shops in the main street, close to the church. Look elsewhere if you’re after the big high street chains though!
Clubs and Groups
- Appledore Local History Society
- c/o Hall House, The Street, Appledore, TN26 2AF. Tel: 01233 758264. Exists to research,collect and conserve items relating to all aspects of the local history. Club Meets on 2nd Wed in month, from 8-10pm.
- Appledore Gardening Club
- Secretaries: Julia Bampton Tel: 01233 758355, Marion Gulliver Tel: 01233 758521. Meetings are currently held in the Pavilion at the Recreation Ground in the evening of the last Wednesday of each month. They also arrange visits to nurseries and open gardens, and have regular social events.
Things To Do
Places To See
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
- The Black Lion
15 The Street, Appledore, Kent, TN26 2BU. Tel: 01233 758206.
The Black Lion is a free house offering a varied selection of Real Ales, an impressive wine list and fantastic local produce in their extensive menu. Locally reared lamb and freshly caught fish are a speciality. It's all served in a delightful historic setting.