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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. In 2010, this 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
Adisham village hall and recreation ground

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.[6]

The water tower was built in 1903 and is a Grade II listed building.[7][8]

The village hall was built in 1908[9] and is still used regularly for public events, including parish council meetings[10] and a Big Breakfast event held on the first Saturday of every month.[11]

Adisham Recreation Ground was opened to the public in 1921,[12] and is situated behind the village hall.

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


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 12 July 1555, being found guilty of heresy.[13]

The agricultural pioneer John Reynolds, who introduced the Swedish turnip, or swede, into England, lived at Adisham.[14]

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 10 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Adisham | Domesday Book". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Queen's former banker fights to close Pilgrim's Way". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  5. ^ "CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, Adisham - 1123715 | Historic England". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Home - Adisham Church of England Primary School". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Water Tower". Historic England. 26 October 2001. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Administrative Boundaries Information". Canterbury City Council. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021.
  9. ^ "** Kent Online Parish Clerk ** - Adisham Parish - Records Access Page". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Adisham Parish Council". Archived from the original on 10 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Events". 9 August 2013. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  12. ^ "** Kent Online Parish Clerk ** - Adisham Parish - Records Access Page". Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  13. ^ Francis, Edward (January 1891). "Richard Thornden, The Second Bishop of Dover". The Antiquary. 23: 214. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Noteable [sic] Residents". Adisham Parish Council. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.

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