Eastry & Woodnesborough Benefice

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Eastry & Woodnesborough Benefice

St Mary’s Church in Eastry dates back to the late 11th century. There are a few surviving details from this period – most notably the West entrance and tower, and the East wall of the nave. In the early 13th century the church was lavishly rebuilt in the Early English style of architecture by the monks of Christ Church Abbey, Canterbury.

However, the Norman church almost certainly replaced a Saxon building, since Eastry boasted a Royal Palace for the Kings of Kent as early as 660 AD. In 979 AD Ethelred made over the Palace and Manor in Eastry to Archbishop Dunstan and the Priory of Christ Church Canterbury.

But whilst the origins of Christian worship on this site are probably lost in antiquity, the building today is very much home to a thriving Christian Community, so please come and see us!

Eastry is part of a rural group of five parishes, the Eastry and Woodnesborough Benefice (EWB), close to the medieval town of Sandwich and the seaside town of Deal.

In the Benefice there are a number of church-run groups which provide fellowship and support to people with different needs and interests. You are most welcome to join, or attend, any of these - whether you are a member of a church or not.

Eastry Church also has very close and active links with the Church of England Primary School in the village.




Full details about contacts, church services and what the church offers to the community can be found on the Eastry and Woodnesborough Benefice website:


Rector: Rev David Ridley                     Telephone: 01304 619619

Email: davidridley@btopenworld.com

Eastry Benefice Office 

The Church Hall,

Church Street,  

Eastry CT13 0HH

Telephone: 01304 611323

Email: eastry.benefice@gmail.com