The Shurland Hall is a 16th-century gatehouse situated in Eastchurch and is part of the service wing of a once important medieval house, constructed in the first half of the 16th-century by Sir Thomas Cheyney of fine red brick with stone dressings. A prominent courtier, landowner and Knight of the Garter, Sir Thomas played host at Shurland to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (a distant relative) in October 1532. With its octagonal towers and battlements, Shurland is reminiscent of the great Tudor palace gatehouses at Hampton Court and St James’s. Altered in both the 18th century (when large sash windows were inserted) and again in the 19th century, it had stood empty and unused since WW2. The site, now a private family home is on the Scheduled Ancient Monument list and includes seven acres of grounds with substantial 16th-century stone and brick garden walls and the stone remains of the medieval great hall itself.
Address: Private Residence