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Wittersham in Kent

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(Park your Airship here ?)
Location: 51.011050,0.703297
Current translation for Wittersham
  witter derived from wæter - water
  sham derived from hjem - home - A village or location originally found in valleys with sea access hence Home for the Saxons - in later years this derivation changed to mean near water.
Place name translation provided by www.saxonhistory.co.ukClick here to use this translation on your website
General Details

Stocks Mill.

Wittersham in Kent can be found on the B2082, four and a half miles south of Tenterden .

It stands high in the middle of the Isle of Oxney, which was once an island surrounded by sea water.

The village sign shows an image of a longship, which refers back to the Danish invasion of Appledore in 892. It is very likely that the Danes occupied the Isle of Oxney, as a vantage point to view the troops of King Alfred the Great who it is believed were based at Newenden .

In 1032, the manor of Wittersham was given with the consent of King Canute, to the church of Christ, Canterbury. Later it was assigned by licence to the Master and Fellows of All Saints College, Maidstone.

Stocks Mill a beautiful post mill was built about 1781, but it is possible that the mill was originally located elsewhere. The mill was operated for 120 years, but towards the end of the last century, the demand for locally milled flour declined, and that for factory ground increased.

The mill stopped production around the turn of this century. It has been restored, and is now open on Sundays, and Bank Holidays 2.30 - 5.00 from May to September.

The village school was founded in 1820, by William Cornwallis and his wife in memory of their grandson. William Cornwallis was Rector of Wittersham for 50 years.

During the First World War, there was a mooring site for Airships in Wittersham. If you travel about 1 mile away from the village on the Rolvenden road you find the small station of Wittersham Road with its Steam Trains . This is on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, with trains travelling to Tenterden , Northiam and also to the castle at Bodiam .

Views
Danish longship ?Wittersham in Kent has some very pretty views all round if you travel to the edges of the Isle of Oxney .

The church and surrounding area is quite old, and attractive.

Stocks Mill is well worth visiting, as the restoration of the mill is to a high standard, and is open frequently through the summer.

Don't forget, the Kent and East Sussex Railway Steam Trains run about 1 mile away from the village at Wittersham Road which can be found on the road to Rolvenden , this is a fabulous place to have a picnic.
Services
There are few local services, and the main shopping centre is in Tenterden to the north, or Rye to the West.

The nearest trains run across the Romney Marsh from Hastings to Ashford , and can be caught at Appledore .
Map
Wittersham is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Appledore (Danes invade England)4.00 miles
Beckley (Alfred the Great and Guns !)3.29 miles
Benenden (One of Englands Top Girls Schools)6.56 miles
Brenzett (St Eanswyth a saxon princess)6.59 miles
Brookland (13th century wooden spire)5.83 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)4.26 miles
Ewhurst Green (Great Fire of London contributions)6.63 miles
Fairfield (The Isolated Church)4.15 miles
Iden (Sheriff of Kent and Jack Cade)2.29 miles
Kenardington (Danes destroy Saxon Fort)5.81 miles
Newenden (Alfred the Great's Fort)3.91 miles
Northiam (Prime Ministers D Day inspection)4.67 miles
Peasmarsh (Black Death moves village)2.54 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish)3.26 miles
Rolvenden (Witches stealing Holy Water)4.22 miles
Sandhurst (Escape from the Great Plague)6.24 miles
Smallhythe (The Ellen Terry Museum)1.89 miles
Snargate (Sluice Gates made by Royal Order)5.99 miles
Stone in Oxney (Roman stone altar)2.68 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes)6.75 miles
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