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History of Hamstreet

Hamstreet comes from the Old English ‘hamm’ meaning ‘land hemmed in by water or marsh’; therefore ‘hemmed-in land’. The suffix ‘street’ comes from the railway station.


The original settlement existed a mile up the road at Orlestone, although most of the population moved due to the discovery of fresh water at Hamstreet.


The parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and situated at Orlestone.


Hamstreet railway station opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Ashford to Hastings line, on 13 February 1851…. More