Eastry Poor Law Union, Kent

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Former workhouse and chapel Eastry

History[edit | edit source]

A parish workhouse at Mill Lane is known to have existed from the eighteenth century Eastry formed a Gilbert Union under the 1782 Act of Parliament and the parish workhouse was not replaced until 1835

Eastry Poor Law Union was formed on 27 April 1835 and the Union workhouse was bult in 1835/1836 adjacent to the parish workhouse at Mill Lane. It was planned to accommodate 500 people.

Upon abolition of the Union the site became Eastry hospital for people with learning difficulties. The site was recently sold for redevelopment as residential housing. ( see image)

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk

Constituent Parishes[edit | edit source]

Ash (near Sandwich), Kent Barfreystone, Kent Betteshanger, Kent Chillenden, Kent Deal, KentDeal St George, Kent Deal St Andrew, Kent  Eastry, Kent Elmstone, Kent Eythorne, Kent Goodnestone (near Sandwich), Kent Great Mongeham, Kent Ham, Kent Knowlton, Kent Little Mongeham, Kent Nonington, Kent Northbourne, Kent Preston, Kent Ripple, Kent Sandwich St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Kent Sandwich St Clement, Kent Sandwich St Mary, Kent Sandwich St Peter, Kent Sholden, Kent Staple, Kent Stourmouth, Kent Sutton by Dover, Kent Tilmanstone, Kent Waldershare, Kent Walmer, Kent West Marsh, Kent Wingham, Kent Woodnesborough, Kent Worth, Kent

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