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Eastchurch Parish

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Eastchurch is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sittingbourne.  The church is named for All Saints with original parish registers commencing 1677.  [Please note:  Archdeacon's Transcripts commence 1558 and Bishop's Transcripts commence 1606.]

Eastchurch, is a a hamlet, a parish, and a sub-district in Sheppey district, Kent.  The hamlet lies on Hensbrook, on the north side of Sheppey Isle, 6 miles east by south of Queenborough rail station, and 7-1/2 northeast of Sittingbourne.  It has a post office under Sittingbourne.  The parish comprises 7,511 acres of land, and 1,110 of water.  Real property, £11,014.  Population in 1861, 996.  Houses, 191.  The property is divided among a few.

Shurland manor here belonged to a family of its own name before the time of Henry III.;  passed in 1323 to the Cheneys;  and went afterwards to the Herberts.  A mansion was built on it in the time of Henry VIII., with materials from Chilham castle;  and is now a farm house.

Eastchurch living is a rectory and a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £1,724 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, J. Swainson, Esq.  The church is perpendicular English;  has a conspicuous tower;  belonged early to the Cistertian convent of the Dunes, in Flanders;  and was transferred to Boxley abbey in Kent.

There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans.  A school has £13 from endowment;  and other charities have £38.

The sub-district contains four other parishes.  Acres, 19,548.  Population in 1861, 1,557.  Houses, 296.1

1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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