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The former workhouse survives as Street Farm House. These were joined on 6th April 1836 by: Deal (2 Guardians), Sandwich St Clement's (1), Sandwich St Mary's (1), Sandwich St Peter's (1). A chapel was built close to the road immediately to the north of the workhouse. The hospital has now closed and the site is being redeveloped.

The population falling within the enlarged Union at the 1831 census had been 23,870 with parishes ranging in size from from Betshanger (population 20) to Deal (7,268). A group of cottage homes had been erected about half a mile to the south-east of the workhouse by the mid-1930s by which date Kent County Council had taken over the former union's poor relief responsbilities. The cottage homes, later known as Eastry Children's Home, have now been turned ove rto residential use.

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The Union erected a workhouse at the south side of Mill Lane in Eastry. Eastry main boiler dating from 1920s, manufactured by Meldrums Ltd, Timperley. The workhouse's later layout is shown on the 1905 OS map. The first two floors of the main ward block within the quadrangle were known as Lower House and Upper House.

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