In early mediæval times Appledore had a port on the river Rother and the status of a town with a market and annual fair. Following the silting and eventual diversion of the river, Appledore retained importance from being on relatively healthy higher ground than the adjoining Romney Marsh. There was an early link to the turnpike system via Tenterden and Cranbrook.
Today the population is approaching 800 and the village has an ancient church, Methodist chapel, a village hall and recreation ground. Farming is the main economic activity but there are several small industries and rural businesses. Facilities and services include a Post Office and shop, a public house, a new tea shop, an hotel at the nearby railway station, and an antique centre in the old forge. The area is served by Wittersham primary school.
Appledore Parish Council meets in the Village Hall in The Street on the third Monday of every month from 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and may speak when invited by the Chair. The agenda for each meeting is placed on the noticeboard opposite the shop in The Street about a week prior to meetings, and also on this website. New Planning applications are discussed and other items of local interest.