Once an area rife with smuggling, known
affectionately as ‘the gateway to the marsh’,
Hamstreet is located six miles south of Ashford
where a ridge of clay hills meets the Romney
Twinned with the small French town of Therouanne, once a city with a cathedral sacked by Henry the V's troops. A cannonball near the flagpole in Hamstreet was a gift from the mayor of Therouanne, and was presented with the words 'You can have your cannonball back!'
Generally unspoilt Hamstreet has three long distance footpaths, including one following the banks of the Royal Military Canal - the UK's third longest defensive structure and two through the Hamstreet Woods. A walk featuring both the canal and the woods was featured in the 'Top 50 best summer walks in Britain' by an Independent newspaper.
Hamstreet was the first area to be mapped, which led to a series of stamps being produced to celebrate 200 years of Ordnance Survey.
Information kindly provided by Adam Colton from www.hamstreet.info