Ash, Dover

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Coordinates: 51°16′39″N 1°16′34″E / 51.2774°N 1.2761°E / 51.2774; 1.2761

Ash
War Memorial, Ash, Kent.jpg
The War Memorial in Ash
Ash is located in Kent
Ash
Ash
 Ash shown within Kent
OS grid reference TR285582
Civil parish Ash
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CANTERBURY
Postcode district CT3
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament South Thanet
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Ash is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of east Kent about three miles west of Sandwich.

The civil parish has a population of 2,767, and includes the villages of Ash, Westmarsh, Ware and Hoaden. The Ash Level, by the River Stour, takes up the northern part of the parish.

History[edit]

Ash was once on the main thoroughfare from Canterbury to the channel port of Sandwich. It takes its name from the Old English æsc (ash) and shows its toponymy in its first recorded form, Æsce, in about 1100. [1]

A variation may be Esch in 1418 [2]

Ash was once part of the Royal manor of Wingham and having been given to the See of Canterbury in 850 AD by King Athelstan, it became a separate parish in 1282, one of the largest in Kent.

The Grade I listed parish church, is dedicated to St Nicholas [3] and probably built on the site of an earlier Saxon church, dates partly from the 12th century and has a 15th-century tower with a green copper spire (once used as a navigation aid), which now houses a ring of ten bells. It also has the best collection of medieval monumental effigies in Kent, including one to Jane Kerriel (c. 1455) which reveals a unique horseshoe head-dress.

Ash is known for its market gardens, and at one time had its own brewery and organ maker. There are two vineyards nearby. The village has a primary school, a prep school, doctors' surgery and several shops.

There are many medieval buildings in the village, including 'Molland House' which is named as a Historic Building of Kent [4] and eleven of the twelve original manor houses. In the same lane are a number of Tudor cottages. The Chequer Inn began life as a timber-framed hall house, dating from about 1500.[5]

From 1916 to 1948 it had a station ("Ash Town") on the East Kent Light Railway, one of Colonel Stephens' lines, which ran between Shepherdswell and Wingham.

The village is also on the Miner's Way Trail. The trail links up the coalfield parishes of East Kent.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ash". www.british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/629; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/H5/CP40no629/bCP40no629dorses/IMG_0908.htm; third entry, home of Richard Yldhalgate, in Peddynges, as the defendant (or, rather, his executors)
  3. ^ "Church of St Nicholas, Ash". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Molland Manor House: Historic Building of Kent". www.mollandhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "CThe Chequer Inn, Ash". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "The History of the Coalfield Parishes". www.dover.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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