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Westwell

Westwell VillageSt Mary WestwellOasthouses, Westwell
Westwell Centre Parish Church Oasthouses
Westwell May 2011
Westwell is a small and very pretty rural village about 4 miles north of Ashford. It is in a beautiful area of the North Downs. The Pilgrims′ Way runs close by.

The village has been in existence since Saxon times and is included in the Domesday book as Welle owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury′s monks. A weekly market has been held there since the time of Edward 1.

The Parish church is St Mary′s Church and Parish registers begin in 1558. Westwell is in the West Ashford registration district.



Ashford

St Mary′s Parish Church Ashford
The Town of Ashford in Kent lies on the River Great Stour. It is on the A20 between Maidstone and Folkestone and is close to the M20.

It is about 60 miles from London and 15 miles from Canterbury. The town has been in existence since Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday book as Essetesford owned by Hugh de Montford. It had a church and two mills.

The town was incorporated in 1243 and became an important centre for agriculture and an important market town before 1600. The railway arrived from London in 1842 and continued to Dover in 1844.

The Parish Church of St Mary dates from 13th century with restoration in the 15th century and additions and alterations since that time.

Parish Registers begin 1570

Parish Church Ashford
 Copyright John Salmon licenced for re–use
under a Creative Commons Licence


Mersham

St John The Baptist Mersham
Mersham is a small village 3 miles south east of Ashford just off the south side of the A20 towards Hythe.

The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Merseham belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It had a church, 2 mills and two salt-houses.

The Church of St John the Baptist is a 14C rebuild of a 13C Church.

Parish registers begin 1558. Mersham is in the East Ashford registration district.

Parish Church Mersham
 Mersham Parish Church May 2011


St Mary the Virgin, Smeeth

Smeeth

Parish Church Smeeth Smeeth is found about 1 mile further along the A20 but on the north side.

The Church of St Mary the Virgin was originally a Norman church but had additions in the 13C, 15C and much Victorian restoration.

Parish registers begin 1570. Smeeth is in the East Ashford registration district.

Smeeth Parish Church May 2011 


Sellindge

Parish Church of St Mary, Sellindge
Sellindge or Sellinge is a rural parish about 6 miles south east of Ashford on the A20 towards Hythe.

The village was recorded in the domesday book as Sellinges: Harvey from Hugh de Montford. It had two churches and a mill.

The 13th century parish church is the Church of St Mary. Parish registers begin 1559. Sellindge is in the Elham registration district.

The village borders on the Romney Marsh and became associated with smuggling. It was linked with the nearby village of Aldington and with the notorious Aldington Gang.

Parish Church Sellindge
 Copyright Jonathan Billinger, licenced for
re–use under a Creative Commons Licence


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Last updated May 2011
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