East-Church (All Saints)

EAST-CHURCH (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Sheppey, liberty of the Isle of Sheppey, Upper division of the lathe of Scray, E. division of Kent, 5 miles (E. by S.) from Queenborough; containing 1019 inhabitants. This place takes its name from its relative position with reference to Minster, which lies to the west of its church. The parish comprises 7511 acres, of which 28 are in wood: the surface towards the south is flat, and rises in gentle undulations towards the north; the soil in the lower grounds is marshy, and in other parts clay, alternated with sharp gravel. A fair for toys is held on Holy-Thursday. The living is a rectory and vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 8.; net income, £1724; patron, Miles Barton, Esq. The church is a spacious and handsome embattled edifice, formerly belonging to the convent at Boxley. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; also a school in union with the National Society, endowed with a house and land of the annual value of £10. Many petrified fossils, supposed to be antediluvian, have been found upon the seashore.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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