Mersham shown within Kent
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Historically Mersham has been a farming community with close ties to the local market town of Ashford. The small village dates back to Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village was owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury for over 500 years. The Anglican church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and is grade I listed. It stands on the site of a Saxon church, and is part Norman. There are two water mills on the East Stour river, one of which, Swanton, is still working. Part of Hatch Park, an ancient deerpark and SSSI, is within the parish.
The village has been the home of the Knatchbull family since the times of Henry VIII. In 1638 Sir Norton Knatchbull founded Ashford Grammar School, to which pupils were not admitted until they could read the Bible in English, he was also the Member of Parliament for Romney. In the early 19th century Edward Knatchbull served under Robert Walpole in the Whig government and in 1830 another Sir Edward Knatchbull became M.P. for Romney and served under Sir Robert Peel in his government of 1841.
- Mersham Primary School
- 2 Public Houses – The Royal Oak & The Farriers Arms
- Village Hall
- Local Shop & Post Office
- Playing Fields & Play Areas including a Millennium Green
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