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History of Adisham

Adisham comes from the Old English ‘hām’ meaning a ‘village, homestead’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Eadi’s homestead/village’. The Domesday Book records Adisham as Edesham. The Kentish King Eadbald, son of Ethelbert, gave the Manor to Christ Church, Canterbury in 616AD.


Adisham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Innocents. The Normans built it in the late 12th century, with the south transept added by the monks of Christ Church, in the following century. An unknown foundry cast a tenor bell in the 15th century. Thomas Palmer added three bells in 1670. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Adisham church as being ‘built in the form of a cross, having a tower steeple embattled in the centre, in which hang four bells. It consists of an isle, a transept, and high chancel. The isle and south sept is but indifferently built, but the rest is much superior in stile of workmanship, with narrow lancet windows’. The Victorian architect William White completely restored the building in 1869-70…. more


Adisham railway station opened on the London Chatham and Dover Railway’s Canterbury to Dover section of their London Victoria to Dover main line, on 22 July 1861…. more