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Aldington Kent - St Martins church
Aldington lies on the hills to the north edge of the Romney Marsh , between Lympne and Ashford .

After the Norman invasion, the church was next to the Archbishops palace, but after the reformation the building went into decay.

The village was affected badly by the Black Death , as the village centre is now at Aldington Corner about 1 mile from the church.

In 1511 Erasmus of Rotterdam a famous theologian and scholar was made the vicar of Aldington by Archbishop Warham. Erasmus spoke Latin and Dutch and no English , therefore could not preach to the English congregation and resigned one year later.

In 1519 Elizabeth Barton was born in the village, she became a maid to one of the local families, but claimed she had visions and could prophecy. She was provided a place in the convent at Canterbury, and through some manipulation by Bishop Fisher and Sir Thomas More she prophesied that King Henry VIII would die a villains death if he divorced Catherine. The prophesy was made in 1527. Henry was not impressed and Elizabeth was arrested along with Archbishop Warnham. She was questioned by Archbishop Cranmer and confessed to fraud finally was publicly executed at Tyburn in April 1533.

The Aldington Gang of smugglers was probably founded in or around 1817 as gang based smuggling returned, but the first mention of the Aldington Gang was in 1820. The gang carried out a landing near Sandgate Castle with 300 men taking part, and were spotted by a few local blockade men, as the main blockade force had been lured away by the smugglers. The smugglers outnumbered the blockade men who decided that it was safer to report the event, than try to stop it.

In 1792 George Ransley was born at Ruckinge , and started work as a ploughman then a carter. The story goes that he found a stash of spirits hidden by the smugglers and with the proceeds of the sale bought his house the Bourne Tap. Ransley took over the Aldington gang of smugglers after the Battle of Brookland in 1820. The gang became stronger and landed goods all along the coast from Rye to Deal . In July 1826 they were caught on the beach at Dover and a Midshipman Richard Morgan was killed. In October 1826 Ransley was arrested at Aldington by the Bow Street Runners on suspicion of murder, but as it took place in the dark, the death sentence was converted to deportation. Ransley was sent to work on a farm in Tasmania .

During the Second World War Aldington Knoll was used as an observation post for spotting incoming German planes and doodlebugs flying over to attack London.

Aldington church tower has been used as for many years as a guide for sailors as it stands on the top of the hills behind the Romney Marsh.

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Aldington Kent - The village
Aldington has a few local services, but the nearest main town is Ashford, about 4 miles north west, with its main shopping centre and supermarkets.

The nearest train service also runs from Ashford , with a regular service to London , Folkestone and via Eurostar to Paris and Brussels .

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Aldington Kent - A Farm
Aldington is a village standing on top of the hills to the north of the Romney Marsh .

The village lies in two pieces, the area around the church with its old buildings, and the remainder of the village on top of the hill has magnificent views over the Romney Marshes from Lympne to Dungeness .
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This village is a Saxon village one of the first to be settled by the Saxons around 470AD.

Aldington originally known as Ealdaingtun is derived from Eald(old) ingtun(fortified village on a hill) so would translate to 'The Old village on the hill' possibly because it was a Roman settlement .

The place names ending in ington or ingham appear to be the second Saxon settlements after the (ing,inge or ings) and appear to be fortified villages either on a hill(ington) or in river valley(ingham)

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Bonnington (Saint Rumwold the child saint) 0.8 miles
Bilsington (The Priory and Obelisk) 1.9 miles
Mersham (Founder of Ashford Grammar School) 2.1 miles
Smeeth (The Scott Family) 2.2 miles
Ruckinge (Smuggling and Traction Engines) 2.6 miles
Sellindge (Oliver Cromwells Horse) 3.1 miles
Sevington (Saxons and Dual Carriageway) 3.1 miles
Newchurch (The Church Tower with a kink) 3.5 miles
Burmarsh (The fortress in the Marsh?) 3.8 miles
Lympne (From Roman Castle to Tigers) 4.0 miles
Hamstreet & Orlestone (The Start of the Ordnance Survey) 4.4 miles
Warehorne (A good place to explore the Marshes) 4.8 miles
Snave (the Remote church) 5.1 miles
Dymchurch (The Romans and the sea wall) 5.3 miles
St Mary in the Marsh (Ancient Celts) 5.5 miles
St Marys Bay (Holidays and Beaches) 5.8 miles
Ivychurch (The burial ground on the Island) 5.9 miles


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