Appledore shown within Kent
|Area||12.46 km2 (4.81 sq mi)|
|Population||749 (Civil Parish 2011)|
|– density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
- See Appledore for other places with the same name.
Appledore is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village centre is on the northern edge of the Romney Marsh, 12 miles (19 km) south-west of Ashford town. The northerly part of this village is Appledore Heath.
The name Appledore comes from the Old English apuldre (meaning apple tree) and is first recorded in the 10th century. Although a Brythonic origin is more likely (given the widespread survival of Brythonic names in Kent) e.g. from or connected with "dwr/dor" meaning water.
Appledore was once a port on the estuary of the River Rother. Famously, the greater part of the Danish army (280 ships - 5000 men) wintered at Appledore in 892-893, before moving into Wessex and suffering defeat at the hands of the Saxons led by King Alfred's son Edward the Elder at Farnham in Surrey. The defeated Danes fell back to Benfleet in Essex where they were again defeated in battle. The importance of Appledore as a port diminished suddenly in the 13th-century when great storms caused the river Rother to change its course; the village street now leads down to the Royal Military Canal. A French raid in 1380 resulted in the burning of the church: it was later rebuilt. The village was permitted to hold a market in the main street by Edward II. In 1804, when there was threat of invasion by Napoleon the Royal Military Canal was built: Appledore stands on its northern bank. The Rhee Wall, a 13th-century waterway, was built to carry silt away from the eastern part of the Romney Marsh; it runs from Appledore to New Romney.
In film, the media and literature
Appledore features in the series Darling Buds of May.
The Marshlink Line railway line runs between Ashford International and Hastings via Appledore railway station, which is around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the village. The line reduces from dual to single track beyond the station towards Rye and Hastings.
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School is located in the area.
Parkwood is an 80-acre (320,000 m2) woodland 5 miles (8.0 km) east south east of Tenterden near Appledore.
A car park is along the Woodchurch Road, heading north from Appledore towards Brattle.
It is managed by Kent County Council's Country Parks service. It is noted for its bluebells in spring and for nightingales. There are woodland walks and panoramic views over Appledore and Romney Marshes.
The wood, is surrounded by three other woods, Great Heron Wood (to the North), Little Heron Wood (to the East) and Butness Wood (further to the East).
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
- Appledore Parish Council website
- Notes on the village
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
- Historical notes Archived April 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Appledore parish church Archived May 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- White, H.P. (1976). Forgotten Railways : Vol 6 – South-East England. David & Charles. p. 97. ISBN 0-946537-37-2.
- Gray, Adrian (1990). South Eastern Railway. Middleton Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-906-52085-7.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- Media related to Appledore, Kent at Wikimedia Commons
- KentGuide's comprehensive page about Appledore
- Appledore in the Domesday Book
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