Appledore is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village centre is 12 miles (19km) south-west of Ashford town, and on the northern edge of the Romney Marsh. It was once a port on the estuary of the River Rother but 12th century storms caused the river to change its course; the village street now leads down to the Royal Military Canal.
The medieval parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
A French raid in 1380 resulted in the burning of the church: it was later rebuilt. The village was permitted to hold a market in the main street by Edward II. When there was threat of invasion by Napoleon the Royal Military Canal was built: Appledore stands on its northern bank.
Today the village is served by a secondary road between Tenterden and New Romney; and by the “Marsh Link” railway line between Hastings and Ashford. The railway station is located beyond the Canal, some 2 miles (3km) distant.Text provided by our friends at wikipedia