Appledore is situated between Tenterden and New Romney on the B2080. There are several theories as to how its name came about, but the most likely explanation is that this is the Saxon word for appletree (apuldre). It is a pretty village with medieval houses and a 14th century church St Peter and St Paul. Apart from its 800 or so residents, the village has a shop and Post Office, one pub, a tea room, an antique shop in the village (and one beside Appledore station) and a wedding dress shop. The railway station lies two miles away on the Ashford to Hastings line.

Appledore is a small village and has an eventful history that goes back to Roman times. It was once a port and has played its part in events of national importance.