Ash (GB - Kent)

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Ash is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of east Kent about three miles west of Sandwich. The civil parish has a population of 2,767, increasing to 3,365 at the 2011 Census, and includes the villages of Ash, Westmarsh, Ware and Hoaden. The Ash Level, by the River Stour, takes up the northern part of the parish. Ash was once on the main thoroughfare from Canterbury to the channel port of Sandwich. It takes its name from the Old English æsc (ash) and shows its toponymy in its first recorded form, Æsce, in about 1100. A variation may be Esch in 1418. Ash was once part of the Royal manor of Wingham and having been given to the See of Canterbury in 850 AD by King Athelstan, it became a separate parish in 1282, one of the largest in Kent. The Grade I listed parish church, is dedicated to St Nicholas and probably built on the site of an earlier Saxon church, dates partly from the 12th century and has a 15th-century tower with a green copper spire (once used as a navigation aid), which now houses a ring of ten bells. It also has the best collection of medieval monumental effigies in Kent, including one to Jane Kerriel (c. 1455) which reveals a unique horseshoe head-dress. Ash is known for its market gardens, and at one time had its own brewery and organ maker. There are two vineyards nearby. The village has a primary school, a prep school, doctors' surgery and several shops.

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Post Office under Sevenoaks using an UDC 7 April 1846
Money Order office and Savings Bank 2 December 1889
Under Wrotham SO April 1896
Telegraph Office 19 October 1897. Code use - ASE
Under Sevenoaks 31 July 1922
Closed 1980. Notified in the Post Office Gazette 10 October 1980

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