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The long-established Powell Arms is the oldest hostelry in Birchington. Named after Squire Powell Powell of Quex, the High Sheriff of Kent in 1823, it was formerly called the New Inn. So-named pubs are invariably built on the site of ancient hostelries; and in all probability the predecessors of the 'Arms' evolved alongside All Saints Church, some parts of which are said to date from the 12th century. Before village halls, parish affairs were conducted in the church vestry. The Birchington vestry met, however, in the upstairs function room of the pub, which now houses the Belfry Restaurant . Churchwardens, Poor Law Officers and Highway Surveyors would pore over their respective accounts, set their rates, and then adjourn downstairs for a jar. Today's Powell, a listed building, has seen changes over time; the former saloon and public bars have been knocked together, extended to incorporate part of a barn/stable; the gardens have disappeared, and so has the well, down which a former landlord is reputed to have jumped to his death one Boxing Day.