Historic Manors and Estates in Monkton
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Cleve Court is the property and residence of Benjamin Bushell, Esq. is a pleasant house well sheltered from the west by fine timber, which is the more remarkable in this situation on account of the scarcity of wood throughout the island. It is distant from Ramsgate five miles west, and from Monkton about as far.
Cleve Court formerly belonged to the family of Quekes, of Birchington, and from them it passed in marriage, in the reign of Henry VII. to that of Crispe. By descendants of these it was sold to one Ruish, a daughter of whom carried it in marriage, in the reign of Chas. I. to Sir George Wentworth, and with a female heir of this line it passed in like manner to Thomas Lord Howard, of Effingham, who about 1723 sold his estates in this island, and Cleve Court came into the hands of Mr. James Ruck, of London, who built the present seat. His son sold it about 1748 to Mr. Josiah Farrer, of Doctors' Commons, Proctor, who died in 1762, and his son, Josias Fuller Farrer Esq. then inherited it.
Source: John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).
Source: C. Greenwood, comp. Epitome of County History, vol. 1, County of Kent. (London, England: privately printed, 1838).
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