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Eastry Parish

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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.

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

Eastry Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (1876), 11, 12, 13 (1880), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 32, 34, 35, vol. 1907 supplement.]

  • General references to Eastry: vol. , pp.
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Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Calendar of the patent rolls preserved in the Public Record Office--Edward II, Vol. 1. 1307-1313'Each volume has own index. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Inquisitions and assessments relating to feudal aids : with other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, A. D. 1284-1431', Vol. 3. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Exchequer. 'The book of fees commonly called testa de nevill, pt. 3'. The Book of fees contains information about the holdings of feudal tenants. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hall, Hubert, 1857-1944. 'The Red book of the Exchequer - Liber rubeus de Scaccario, Vol. 3'. The Red book of the Exchequer was a register intended to preserve important documents comprising charters, statutes of the realm, public acts (Placita), private deeds and ordinances, correspondence. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Glencross, Reginald Morshead. 'Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol. 1. 1559-1571'. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hasted, Edward. 'The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent; Containing the antient and present state of it, civil and ecclesiastical; collected from public records, and other authorities: illustrated with maps, views, antiquities, etc. The second edition, improved, corrected, and continued to the present time'. 12 volumes. Publisher: Canterbury: Printed by W. Bristow, 1797-1801. URL: British History Online

Hussey, Arthur. 'Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, mentioned in Domesday book, and those of more recent date'. Publisher: London J.R. Smith,(1852).

Letters, Dr. Samantha. 'Kent', Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 (2005).  URL: British History Online.

Page, William, 1861-1934, ed.. 'The Victoria history of the county of Kent'. Publisher: London: Constable (1908).  URL: British History Online

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward I, File 39', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 2: Edward I. Published:(1906), pp. 315-323.  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III, File 45', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 1: Henry III. Published:(1904), pp. 296-302.  URL: British History Online.

Location of Records

The following list of records is not intended to be exhaustive.  There are many records that are awaiting discovery in archive offices throughout Kent and England.  This list is intended only to set out those records that are available via at least two relatively easy-to-access avenues.  If you have used or discover a record that would be of benefit to other researchers, that is not on this list, please send me an email with the details of the archive - name, address and archival call number.

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
also available at:
Eastry Local Studies & Archives, Central Library, High Street, Eastry, BR1 1EX, tel. 020 8461 7170, Email:
LDS Family History Centre
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and indexed online at:
6 June 1841 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 census name index & images Currently under revision  
7 Apr 1861 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1871 Currently under revision  
3 Apr 1881 Currently under revision  
5 Apr 1891 Currently under revision  
31 Mar 1901 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 RG 78/139 - Census Enumerator's Summary Books online only and other subscription sites none

Church Records, Church of England

Record Type Dates Archive 1
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Parish Register   Currently under revision  
Bishop's transcripts   Currently under revision  
CMB transcripts   Currently under revision  
Parish Registers, transcribed by Thomas Colyer-Fergusson   Currently under revision  

Church Records, Non-Conformist

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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
Methodist Church Registers   Currently under revision  

Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Eastry   Currently under revision  
Settlement Examinations, Minute book   Currently under revision  
Overseers' Accounts   Currently under revision  
Return of Churchwardens, constables and defaulters     
Tithe Apportionment Files      
Poor Rate books   Currently under revision  

Workhouse and Poor Law Records

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Admission & Discharge books   This section currently under revision  
Guardians' Minutes      
Births   Currently under revision  
Deaths   Currently under revision  
Religious creed registers   Currently under revision  
Apprentice Register      
Registers of lunatics      
Letters books      
Vaccination registers, Eastry area 1899-1930 Currently under revision  

Land Records

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Land tax assessments 1780-1831 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1875-1876 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1889-1890 Currently under revision  
Rates and Duties - Houses, Windows, Lights   Currently under revision  
Manorial Court rolls   Currently under revision  
War Damage Files 1939-1962 Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, no.: Finding Aid at CKS-DRb/RW 123 None

Assizes and Sessions Records
(poor laws, jail terms, oaths, and other municipal and public records)

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Hearth tax   Currently under revision  
Victuallers Recognizances   Currently under revision  
Churchwarden's Presentments   Currently under revision  
Parish rate books   Currently under revision  

School Records

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    Currently under revision  


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Church Registers


Parish Chest

  • Settlement Certificates
  • Removal Orders
  • Bastardy Examinations
  • Parish-assisted Immigrants
  • Churchwarden's Accounts
  • Overseer's Accounts
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Workhouse Records
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories


Total Population

1801   -   852
1811   -   909
1821   -   1062
1831   -   1245
1841   -   1629
1851   -   1697
1861   -   1505
1871   -   1506
1881   -   1380
1891   -   1343
1901   -   1347
1911   -   1467
1921   -   1457
Eastry contains a union workhouse which was in use in (or before) 1851 and was still in use in 1921.
The civil parish of the same name at the 1921 census was coextensive with such parish (or place).

Eastry Distance to

London 62.5 mi.
Canterbury 10.1 mi.
Ashford 20.1 mi.
Chatham 34.2 mi.
Cranbrook 34.8 mi.
Dartford 49.9 mi.
Deptford 60.1 mi.
Dover 8.1 mi.
Faversham 18.5 mi.
Folkestone 12.5 mi.
Gravesend 42.2 mi.
Greenwich 58.3 mi.
Hythe 15.2 mi.
Maidstone 33.5 mi.
Margate 10.4 mi.
Milton Regis 25.6 mi.
Queenborough 26.7 mi.
Ramsgate 8.0 mi.
Rochester 37.1 mi.
Sandwich 3.1 mi.
Sheerness 27.5 mi.
Tenterden 29.2 mi.
Tonbridge 44.4 mi.
Woolwich 56.2 mi.


Municipal & Public Records

  • Mayors
  • Town Clerks
  • Recorders
  • Chamberlains
  • M.P.s
  • Jurats, Aldermen and Common Councilmen
  • Electoral Register
  • Freeholders
  • Freemen Index
  • Freeman's Roll
  • Masters Index
  • Pubs, Taverns, Inns, Alehouses
  • Victuallers

Wills & Estate Records

  • AD index 1448-1857
  • CC index 1448-1857
  • PCC 1338-1858
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions

Court Records

  • Gaol Returns
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Transportations
  • Summons for Pavement Repairs
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s

Military Records

Land Records
& Maps

  • Parish Map
  • Feet of Fines
  • Victoria County History
  • Deeds, Mortgages, etc.
  • Rated Property Returns
  • Returns of owners of land, 1873
  • Manor Court Baron
  • Manor Tenancy Rolls
  • Manors, Castles & Holdings of Significance

Tax Lists

Other Records

Village Resources