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History of Ashley

Ashley comes from the Old English words ' æsc' meaning 'ash' and 'leah', a meadow; therefore a ‘meadow with ash-trees’.

Ashley is a small hamlet which once housed workers from the Kent coalfields.


In the 16th century, Baptists, who had escaped persecution in Europe, built a chapel, in Ashley, associated with the Eythorne church, where they first held meetings


The Butchers Arms, a public house, opened in 1874, although closed in 2007.