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Holy Innocents Adisham 1.jpg
Holy Innocents Church, Adisham
Adisham is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area11.82 km2 (4.56 sq mi)
Population645 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density55/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTR226540
Civil parish
  • Adisham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCT3
Dialling code01304
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°14′35″N 1°11′28″E / 51.243°N 1.191°E / 51.243; 1.191Coordinates: 51°14′35″N 1°11′28″E / 51.243°N 1.191°E / 51.243; 1.191

Adisham (formerly Adesham) is a village and civil parish[2] in the English county of Kent. It is twinned with Campagne-lès-Hesdin in France.


The village centre, six miles south-east of Canterbury is on the B2046 road between Wingham and Barham. It was known as Edesham in the Domesday Book.[3]

A clustered village, the cluster is within 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) from the central cluster of Aylesham.

The village lies on one of the routes that formed part of the Pilgrims' Way immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer in his book The Canterbury Tales, and in 2010 was the subject of a villagers' protest when local landowner and former banker to the Queen, Timothy Steel, tried to ban walkers from part of the route.[4] After a public enquiry, public rights of way were Council-designated on paths on his land including the path of the former Pilgrims Way.


Adisham Church of England Primary School

The village church is dedicated to Holy Innocents, and dates to around the late 12th century.[5] A Church of England primary school also serves the village.

Adisham's village shop shut down in 2004 and the Bull's Head pub closed around 2010.


Adisham railway station opened on 22 July 1861. It is on the Chatham Main Line - Dover Branch. There is also a daily bus service to Canterbury.

Notable residents[edit]

The Rector of Adisham in the archdiocese of Canterbury, Master John "The Martyr" Bland. Bland was a Protestant minister during the reign of Queen Mary I, who had him burned at the stake on July 12, 1555, being found guilty of heresy.[6]

The agricultural pioneer John Reynolds, who introduced the Swedish turnip, or swede, into England, lived at Adisham.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Adisham Parish Council website Archived December 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Open Domesday Map: Adisham
  4. ^ "A Canterbury tale of woe: Queen's banker in battle to close Chaucer's Pilgrim's Way". 2 August 2010.
  5. ^ "CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, Adisham - 1123715 | Historic England".
  6. ^ Francis, Edward (January 1891). "Richard Thornden, The Second Bishop of Dover". The Antiquary. 23: 214. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Noteable [sic] Residents". Adisham Parish Council. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.

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