Shepway  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shepway like this:

SHEPWAY, a lathe in the SE of Kent; containing the hundreds and liberties of Aloesbridge, Ashford, Bircholt, Calehill, Chart and Longbridge, Felborough, Folkestone, Ham, Heane, Longport, Loningborough, Lydd, Newchurch, New Romney, Oxney, Stouting, Street, Worth, and Wye. Acres, 205,004. Pop. in 1851, 43,323; in 1861, 51,826. Houses, 9,018. Shepway Cross gives name to the lathe; is situated ½ a mile E of Lympney church; and was the meeting-place of the earliest general courts of the Cinque ports.

Shepway through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shepway in Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th May 2020

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