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Adisham Church of England Primary School.jpg
Adisham Church of England Primary School
Adisham is located in Kent
 Adisham shown within Kent
Area  11.82 km2 (4.56 sq mi)
Population 645 (Civil Parish)[1]
   – density  55/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid reference TR226540
Civil parish Adisham
District City of Canterbury
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CT3
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Canterbury
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Coordinates: 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 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.


The village church is dedicated to Holy Innocents and Adisham primary school. There is a village hall.

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

Adisham has two book clubs: Adisham Book Club and Adisham Bookmarks.


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 agricultural pioneer John Reynolds, who introduced the Swedish turnip, or swede, into England, lived at Adisham.[5]

In The Dying Days, the last novel of the Doctor Who New Adventures series, The Doctor is portrayed as living near Adisham in the fictional Allen Road, leading the Ice Warriors to attack the village with poison gas.[6]

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