Appledore

This is one of those places you go and visit for the afternoon. A very pretty main street full of charming houses and great local amenities.


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.


Appledore Art Club

Appledore Art Club

If you’re mad about art why not come and be creative with us! The Appledore Art Club are a small informal group who meet weekly on a Tuesday afternoon in the village hall with refreshments […]

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Appledore Book Club

Appledore Book Club

The Appledore Book Club is an informal, sociable group who get together once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Black Lion Pub to chat about last month’s read, books in […]

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Appledore Gardeners' Society

Appledore Gardeners' Society

Although there have been several horticultural organisations in the village over the last hundred years or so, the current Appledore Gardeners’ Society has recently changed its name back to the original of 1906. The club […]

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Appledore Local History Society

Appledore Local History Society

The Local History Society meets at the Methodist Chapel on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7.00pm. The aims of the Appledore Local History Society are to provide a focal point for the regular […]

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Appledore Meeting Point

Appledore Meeting Point

The Meeting Point takes place every Tuesday morning from 10am – 11.15am. The charity HiKent regularly attend the meetings to provide hearing aid batteries and tube cleaning. Other speakers attend on occasion and there are […]

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Gusbourne

Gusbourne

At Gusbourne Estate their vision is simple – to make the finest wines in the World. Not afraid to embrace tradition whilst challenging convention to make the smallest of differences to their finished wines – […]

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The Black Lion Pub

The Black Lion Pub

Located in the quiet village of Appledore in the heart of Kent, The Black Lion is a traditional English pub and restaurant offering its guests the warmest of welcomes every day of the year. The […]

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The Royal Military Canal

The Royal Military Canal

Whether you are a hiker, an angler, a cyclist or someone who appreciates wildlife and history, this beautiful tree lined canal situated in the Kent countryside at Ham Street is a place to visit! Stretching […]

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