Picturesque Kentish village of Ash was once on the main thoroughfare from Canterbury to the channel port of Sandwich. It was also once part of the Royal manor of Wingham—having been given to the See of Canterbury in 850 AD by King Athelstan, it became a separate parish in 1282, one of the largest in Kent at that time.

Ash has a Grade I listed parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas, built on the site of an earlier Saxon church, dating partly from the 12th century. It has a 15th-century tower with a lead covered spire (once used as a navigation aid), which now houses a ring of ten bells. It also has the best collection of medieval monumental effigies in Kent, including one to Jane Kerriel (c. 1455), which reveals a unique horseshoe head-dress.

Ash is known for its market gardens, and at one time had its own brewery and organ maker. There are two vineyards nearby. There are many medieval buildings in the village and eleven of the twelve original manor houses. In the same lane are a number of Tudor cottages. The Chequer Inn began life as a timber-framed hall house, dating from about 1500.



Barnsole vineyard – Barnsole is a boutique Kent vineyard and winery, one of the oldest vineyards in Kent, situated in Staple village within 30 minutes’ walk of Number 37, tastings and tours available.

Ash is surrounded by typical Kentish farm and countryside, perfect for strolling or long walks. Birdwatching is popular at nearby Sandwich Bay. The village is also on the Miner’s Way Trail. The trail links up the coalfield parishes of East Kent. Information on walks available online Sandwich walk – flights over the fairways – Explore Kent or call us for details.

Lots of local courses such as Stonelees Golf centre,Royal St Georges and Prince’s in Sandwich, St Augustine’s Ramsgate and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal. 

Sandwich Lakes – provide mixed fishing for all anglers, including families. See: Sandwich and District Angling Association (
Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park is Kent’s fastest growing wildlife park. It houses the largest number of animal species out of all wildlife parks and zoos in Kent.

Historic Places to visit

Richborough Roman Fort and amphitheatre  (4 miles)
Canterbury Cathedral ( 9 miles)
Dover castle (14.5 miles)
Ramsgate Royal Harbour (10 miles)
Deal Castle (9 miles)


By Car

See map above to plan your route. 
Parking is available next door in public car park, free for 24 hours.

By Train

Sandwich Station ( Trains to Sandwich on Trainline ) + bus links
Stop: ‘Ash, opposite The Chequer Inn’

Canterbury Station ( Train Tickets to Canterbury on Trainline ) + bus links
Stop: ‘Ash, opposite The Chequer Inn’

By Bus

From Ashford take the 1A – Ashford – Canterbury, then 43 – Canterbury – Westwood
Stop: ‘Ash, opposite The Chequer Inn’

To and From the Port of Dover 

Directions to / from the port (15 miles, approx. 21. mins by car)