The name Shorne derives from the Saxon word “Scora” meaning a steep slope, and for the most part aptly describes the situation of Shorne Parish as it hugs the slope of the hill lying halfway between the town of Gravesend and the City of Rochester upon Medway on the North Downs, Kent. With its three thousand or so acres the southern boundary of the parish is divided from its neighbouring parish Cobham by the A2 main road and extends for some two miles from Park Pale in the east to Clay Lane Woods in the west. The easterly boundary separating Shorne from Higham follows a generally northerly direction until it reaches the Thames, a distance of some three miles as the crow flies whilst the north-west boundary between Shorne and Chalk follows a north easterly direction incorporating a few of the streets from the Gravesend Riverview Estate until it also reaches the Thames. The distance between the two bounds on the river frontage is a bare half mile.
Apart from the village of Shorne itself there are several small hamlets in the Parish namely those of Lower Shorne, Shorne Ifield, Shorne Ridgeway and Thong the latter usually known as West Shorne. The lost Saxon village of Merston which lies within the Parish on the site of the present Green Lane farm in Lower Shorne was abandoned in the 15th century, probably due to the visitation of the plague. Merston and surrounding villages are mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but no mention is made of Shorne.