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St Nicholas Church, Rodmersham
Rodmersham is located in Kent
 Rodmersham shown within Kent
Population 555 (2011 Census)[1]
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sittingbourne
Postcode district ME9
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°19′16″N 0°45′31″E / 51.321°N 0.758667°E / 51.321; 0.758667

Rodmersham is a village in the Borough of Swale in Kent, England.

Rodmersham is just under 1 mile south of Bapchild on the A2 road. Rodmersham Green (another hamlet) is another mile away (on Stockers Hill/Green Lane) heading towards Highsted and Tunstall.


In 1798, Edward Hasted records that the parish was made up of 1050 acres of land, of which 75acres are woodland.[2]

It was under the control of the Manor of Milton, who controlled most of Kent.[2] In King Richard II's reign, it was owned by John de Podach (from Devonshire), his descendants then renamed themselves 'Pordage'. In the reign of King James I, it was owned by Sir William Pordage. In 1615, he renamed the manor house, 'New House'.[2] Now (Grade II listed) and called Rodmersham House.[3] In Queen Anne's reign it passed to the Lushington family. Which included Mr Thomas Lushington, a noted scholar, born in Sandwich in 1589, and afterwards educated at Oxford. The manor house stayed in the private hands of the family.[2]

The village church, (the Grade I listed) Church of St Nicholas,[4] is in the diocese of Canterbury, and deanery of Sittingborne.[2]

Rodmersham Green[edit]

Cottages on Rodmersham Green

Hasted notes that Rodmersham Green, also had a nearby Hamlet of Upper Rodmersham.[2] This is seen in the 1930s maps but not on 1940s maps. There was a windmill at the north end of Rodmersham Green, built in 1935 and demolished in September 1969.[5]

The village has 6 listed buildings in it. Baker Cottages,[6] Pardoners Cottage,[7] Holly Tree Lodge,[8] Victoria House,[9] Orsett House,[10] and Vine Cottages.[11]

It also has the local primary school,[12] the Fruiters Arms public house,[13] and 2 sporting venues, Rodmersham Cricket Club[14] and Rodmersham Squash Club.[15]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 499–531. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rodmersham House, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Nicholas, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Exploring Kent's Past". Kent Gov UK. Kent County Council. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Baker Cottages, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pardoners Cottage, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Holly Tree Lodge, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Victoria House, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Orsett House, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vine Cottages, Rodmersham". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Rodmersham Primary School
  13. ^ Fruiters Arms
  14. ^ Rodmersham Cricket Club
  15. ^ Rodmersham Squash Club

External links[edit]

Media related to Rodmersham at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Rodmersham Green at Wikimedia Commons