The Village Of Eastry


The Eastry Brewery was established about 1840 by John  Bowes run as a family business until at least 1898.
The premises ceased brewing in 1924 and was later built on or near to the Eastry Hospital in Mill Lane.
Between 1898 and 1924 it had been owned by an Owen Clark in 1902 and later taken over by Leonard Alston Fawsett from Findley's brewery, Leeds. Thomas Neville Cheatle was owner by 1912 and Top and Co. by 1922.

The picture on the right is of the Eastry Brewery circa 1905.

The caption on this postcard said:-


"Don't let beer get the best of you,

But get the best of beer,

And if you want it better than best,

You will always find it here."


(from Dover Kent Archives)


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Eastry like this:

"EASTRY, a village, a parish, a district, and a hundred, in Kent. The village stands 2½ miles SW by S of Sandwich r. 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† under Sandwich, a fair on 2 Oct., 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 ...
 
Eastry, was once on the main road to Dover,the A256 hence it used to be avery busy village with lots of passing traffic. Today, after the baypass was built, it is a very peacefull place. It has a place in history for Egbert, King of Kent, had a palace there in A.D. 664, probably on the site now occupied by Eastry Court, and it was there that two young Princes, Ethelbert and Ethelred, cousins of the King, were treacherously slain and buried in the King's Hall.
After the consolidation of the several independent kingships of Kent into one monarchy, in A.D. 827, Eastry gradually ceased to be a royal residence, and in A.D. 979 the reigning sovereign bestowed the palace and manor upon the monks of Christ Church, Canterbury.
 
Thomas Becket was often at Eastry and in 1164 lay in hiding at the Court for eight days waiting to escape in a fishing boat from Sandwich to France; tradition has it that in this house there is a small secret chamber communicating with the parish church.

Historical pictures from "EASTRY, photographic memories of a kentish village" by Duglas Welby