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Your Online Parish Clerk for Eastry is:  VACANT.  

Eastry is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sandwich.  The church is named for St. Mary the Blessed Virgin with registers commencing 1559.

Eastry, is a a village, a parish, a district, and a hundred, in Kent.  The village stands 2-1/2 miles southwest by south of Sandwich rail station;  was once a market town, belonging to Canterbury priory;  was previously a seat of the Saxon kings, who had a palace at it;  and has now a post office with a savings banks and a money order office under Sandwich, a fair on 2 October, a church, a Wesleyan chapel, a workhouse, and charities £109.

The church is chiefly early English, but has Norman portions;  and contains monuments of the Botelers, the Paramors, the Harveys, and the Bargraves.

The parish contains also Heronden, Selson, Gower, Statenborough, and Falderland.  Acres, 2,715.  Real property in 1860, £7,870.  Population in 1861, 1,505.  Houses, 236.  The property is subdivided.

Court Lodge belonged to the Bargraves, and was the hiding place of Becket, for some days, before his flight to France.

Some ancient remains are at Statenborough;  and a remarkable excavation, winding to a great depth through chalk strata, is in the vicinity of Eastry village.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £310 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The district comprehends the sub-district of Sandwich, containing the parishes of Sandwich St. Mary, Sandwich St. Peter, Sandwich St. Clement, Ash-next-Sandwich, Woodnesborough, Worth, Ham, Eastry and Betshanger, the extra-parochial tract of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and most of the parish of Northbourne;  the sub-district of Wingham containing the parishes of Wingham, Elmstone, Goodnestone, Stourmouth, Staple-next-Wingham;  Preston-by-Wingham, and a small part of Northbourne;  the sub-district of Eythorn, containing the parishes of Eythorn, Tilmanstone, Nonington, Chillenden, Knowlton, Barfreston, and the larger part of Waldershare;  and the sub-district of Deal, containing the parishes of Deal, Walmer, Shoulden, Ripple, Little Mongeham, Great Mongeham, Sutton-by-Dover and the smaller part of Waldershare.  Acres, 50,710.  Poor rates in 1862, £14,378.  Population in 1851, 25,162;  in 1861, 25,900.  Marriages in 1860, 203;  births, 745 – of which 51 were illegitimate;  deaths, 472 of which 137 were at ages under 5 years and 30 at ages above 85.  Marriages in the ten years 1851-1860, 1,830;  births, 7,815;  deaths, 4,968.

The places of worship in 1851 were 34 of the Church of England, with 11,527 sittings;  6 of Independents, with 1,744 sittings;  4 of Baptists, with 1,352 sittings;  7 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,064 sittings;  1 of Primitive Methodists, with 130 sittings;  4 undefined, with 450 sittings;  and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 300 sittings.

The schools were 21 public day schools with 2,008 scholars;  83 private day schools, with 1,626 scholars;  and 35 Sunday schools, with 2,666 scholars.

The hundred is in the lathe of St. Augustine;  is bounded by the Straits of Dover on the east, and by the river Stour on the north;  and contains twelve parishes.  Acres 19,677.  Population in 1861, 4,525.  Houses, 794.

Heronden, a hamlet in Eastry parish, Kent;  1/2 a mile southwest of Eastry.  Hereonden Hall is the seat of W. Whelan.

Selson, a hamlet in Eastry parish, Kent;  5 miles northwest of Deal.

Gower, a hamlet in Eastry parish, Kent.

Statenborough, a hamlet in Eastry parish, Kent;  near Eastry.1

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

 

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