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Appledore Village

The Royal Military Canal.

Designed and constructed in 1804 as a defense against Napoleonic invasion, the Royal Military Canal was one of the greatest engineering projects of its time. The Canal runs for 28 miles from Hythe to Rye in an arch around the top of Marsh and was designed to be 19 meters wide at the top, just over 12 meters wide at the base and 3 meters deep. Of the 28 miles, 22.5 miles had to be dugg with upto 1,500 men using picks and shovels to cut out the ditch and building a defensive ridge on Northern side from the extracted soil.


Appledore is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village centre is on the northern edge of the Romney Marsh.

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