Appledore is a pretty little village situated between Tenterden and New Romney.
Once a port on the Rother Estuary, it has had an eventful history that dates back to Roman times when the Danes arrived in AD 892 to launch an invasion on England! In 1380 the French also landed in Appledore, burning the village and its church until in 1381 the villagers took part in a Peasants’ revolt and then again in 1450 villagers joined Jack Cade’s attempts to reform the government of Henry VI creating huge havoc in the village.
Nowadays, Appledore, named after the Saxon word for ‘apple tree’ is a quiet, close-knit friendly farming community with very little hubbub.
An attractive place to live, Appledore is complemented by its medieval houses, a forge and its 14th century church, St Peter and St Paul which hosts an annual Festival of Flowers. It is these buildings which add to the charm of the village.
The village was once considered to be on the front line of defence against the threatened Napoleonic invasion, and the Royal Military Canal that passes close by is evidence of that. Today the canal offers excellent walks and fishing and is enjoyed by local residents and visitors. The long distance footpath which follows the old Saxon Shoreline passes through Appledore.
Appledore is dotted with tearooms, a village store, a post office, antiques and craft shops and offers a friendly pub which serves good food and organises regular village events.
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