"EASTWELL, a parish in the hundred of Wye, lathe of Scray, county Kent, 3 miles N.W. of Ashford, its post town, and 1½ mile E. of the Wye station on the South-Eastern line. The neighbourhood abounds with springs, one of which retains the name of Plantagenet's Well, after Richard Plantagenet, who is said to have worked here as a bricklayer, after the defeat and death of his father at Bosworth. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £145, in the patronage of the Earl of Winchilsea. The church is an ancient structure, with embattled tower containing six bells. It is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains monuments of the Finche family, and one of curious design, thought to be that of Richard Plantagenet. The register commences in 1538. There are some small charities. The principal residence is Eastwell Place, the seat of the Earl of Winchilsea. In the grounds is a spring, the source of a stream which flows into the river Stour."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]