Place:Eastry, Kent, England

Alt namesEstreisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 147
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.25°N 1.3°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Dover (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Eastry is a civil parish and a remote, yet historically significant, village four kilometres southwest of Sandwich, in Kent, England. Since 1974 it has been part of Dover District. Prior to 1974 it was in Eastry Rural District. It had a population of 2,168 in the UK census of 2001.

Historical legends

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It was here that a royal palace of the Saxon kings of Kent stood. One of Kent's oldest legends concerns King Ecgberht of Kent and the murder of his cousins within the palace walls. According to the legend, the royal residence was passed to the priory of Christchurch in Canterbury as penance for the crime. The site of this ancient palace is believed to now be occupied by Eastry Court, close besides the church.

Another traditional story is that Thomas Becket hid in Eastry's caves whilst escaping from England in 1164. Those same caves are associated with other stories that may or may not be true. Locally however it is said these tunnels were made in the first world war.

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