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St Matthew, Warehorne (south side) - geograph.org.uk - 935442.jpg
St Matthew's church
Warehorne is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area10.66 km2 (4.12 sq mi)
Population370 (2011)(Civil Parish)[1]
• Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ986329
Civil parish
  • Warehorne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAshford
Postcode districtTN26
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°03′39″N 0°50′07″E / 51.0609°N 0.8352°E / 51.0609; 0.8352Coordinates: 51°03′39″N 0°50′07″E / 51.0609°N 0.8352°E / 51.0609; 0.8352

Warehorne is a village and civil parish in the south of the Ashford Borough of Kent, England. It is a scattered community centred on the Hamstreet to Tenterden road (B2067) around seven miles SSW of Ashford. The Royal Military Canal passes through the south of the civil parish.

The first recorded mention of Warehorne is in an Anglo-Saxon charter of Ecgberht, King of Wessex of 820 AD, where it is called Werehornas.

The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions Warehorne by name and states that a church existed there. The present church (St Matthews) shows no sign of Saxon or of Norman work.

Warehorne was also where Reverend Richard Harris Barham, the author of The Ingoldsby Legends, resided for a short while.


The settlement is in four main parts:

  • The main part of Warehorne is near the central village green.
  • The grade I listed St Matthew's Church[2] and The Woolpack Inn are linked by a tunnel built by smugglers.
  • A second part of the village is known as the Leacon. This is sited at the crossroads on the B2067 and contains the former schoolhouse and now abandoned cricket field.
  • The remainder of mostly forested Warehorne (one third of the area and all in the northern half) contains the former World's Wonder pub and borders on the village of Kenardington.
  • Part of the larger village of Hamstreet falls within Warehorne's parish boundaries, enabling the village to have sufficient population to retain its own civil parish council. The Saxon Shore Way links Warehorne with Hamstreet where the nearest shops and railway station can be found.


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