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 tea shop, a nearby railway station, and an antique centre in the old forge. The area is served by Wittersham primary school.
The Appledore Parish Council is scheduled to meet on the third Monday of the month, commencing at 19:30Hrs. The venue for the meetings is the Village Hall, located in The Street. Parishioners and other members of the public and press are welcome to attend. It is the intention of The Parish Council to provide opportunities for Parishioners etc to speak or ask questions under the management of The Chairman; consistent with the statutory requirements as to how Parish Council Meetings are to be conducted. A Public Notice for each meeting will displayed within the Village Noticeboard and on this website, three clear days before the meeting, as will notification of any date changes or any additional Parish Council Meetings that might be organised.