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Hamstreet

Hamstreet
Hamstreet is located in Kent
Hamstreet
Hamstreet
 Hamstreet shown within Kent
Population 1,777 [1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Orlestone and Warehorne
District Ashford
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashford
Postcode district TN26
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Ashford
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Hamstreet is a village in Kent, in South East England.

The village is located six miles (10 km) south of Ashford on the A2070, the main road between Ashford and Hastings. The majority of the village is in the parish of Orlestone, named after a much older hamlet located 1 mile north of Hamstreet on the ridge of hills; however, part of the village falls within the parish of Warehorne, giving a total population of about 1,800 and a loose claim to having three pubs (the Duke's Head is located at the village centre and there are two rural pubs within Warehorne parish).

The parish church, dedicated to the Good Shepherd [1], is now a shared Anglican/Methodist building, and the parish churches of Orlestone, Snave (now a redundant church), Ruckinge, Warehorne and Kenardington are all within the traditional benefice which was expanded to form the new Saxon Shore benefice along with Bilsington, Bonnington, Aldington and Lympne.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Countryside 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Parts of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Orlestone date back to the 11th century. Until the coming of the railway in 1853, Hamstreet was just a hamlet known as 'Ham' based around the village centre which contains many buildings in the traditional Kentish weatherboard style. The village expanded rapidly during the 20th century and had its moment of fame in 1991, when maps of Hamstreet at various stages in history were used on a series of postage stamps to mark 200 years of the Ordnance Survey – this chance arose because the Hamstreet area was the first to be mapped in this way. An episode of BBC TV's Countryfile was also devoted to the occasion. The village also featured in a mountaineering spoof in Blue Peter to raise money for charity.

The village is twinned with the village of Thérouanne in northern France.

Countryside

Two large areas of public woodland surround the village, namely Ham Street Woods and Orlestone Forest, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Both are remnants of the ancient forest that once covered the whole of the Weald of Kent. The Royal Military Canal, the UK's third longest defensive structure, passes by ½ mile to the south. Three long distance footpaths also run through the parish:

The area is also popular with cyclists, as Romney Marsh to the south is completely flat.

References

  1. ^ Nomis data census figures 2011 for the two parishes that Hamstreet falls within

External links

  • Orlestone Parish Website, which covers Hamstreet.
  • Hamstreet, Kent - Smugglers, stamps and the Saxon Shore is a private site which provides further historical info and related links
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