ward was created in 2002 following an independent review of
electoral boundaries. The last time that these eight parishes
were united under a common banner was in the early 19th Century
when, for almost 100 years, they formed part of the now long
disbanded East Ashford Poor Law Union, which had its Workhouse
at Willesborough on the outskirts of Ashford.
ward name alludes to the Saxon Shore Way, an ancient footpath
that followed the coastline from Gravesend to Rye and beyond.
The footpath connected a series of Roman forts (e.g. Richborough,
Lympne) built to keep out Saxon marauders. In Roman times,
when Romney Marsh was still partially under water, this coastal
footpath ran through four of the eight parishes in the modern-day
ward. In 1980 the Saxon Shore Way was recreated by Kent County
Council as a 163-mile public footpath.