The quiet parish of Eastchurch is surrounded by country walks with some beautiful views across the Swale and to the north of the Thames Estuary. The area is also steeped in history. In 1909, Eastchurch became a leading centre in the country for aviation. It is styled the ‘home of British aviation’ as Eastchurch airfield saw the first controlled flight by a British pilot on home soil. Notable names from the past flew both here and at Muswell Manor in Leysdown such as Frank McClean, Moore-Brabazon, Charles S Rolls, Cecil Grace and the Wright Brothers. A stained glass window in the south side of All Saints’ Church in Eastchurch was dedicated to Rolls and Grace, who were killed in July and December 1910 respectively. An aviation memorial is in the centre of the village, opposite the church.
Shurland Hall in the village has been renovated and restored for private use and has been connected with many families including the Cheynes who were here in 1274, and Sir John Stanley, who was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in the 15th century. In 1532 Henry VIII showed that he had forgiven Cheyne of a previous encounter by making him a New Year’s gift by spending two days with Anne Boleyn at Shurland.