Stalisfield Green

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Coordinates: 51°14′N 0°49′E / 51.24°N 0.81°E / 51.24; 0.81

Stalisfield Green
Stalisfield Green is located in Kent
Stalisfield Green
Stalisfield Green
 Stalisfield Green shown within Kent
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
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Stalisfield Church

Stalisfield Green is a village in the borough of Swale in Kent, England, located on a secondary road about 1½ miles (2.4 km) north of Charing.

Stalisfield Green lies high on the North Downs (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), some 650 feet above sea level, and close to the escarpment above Charing.

History[edit]

It was once anciently called 'Starchfield'. It is called in the Domesday survey 'Stanefelle', which means Stonefield. During the Domesday survey, the village belonged to Odo, Earl of Kent, (as the Bishop of Bayeux). After Odo's trial for fraud, the village was passed to Adam de Port. Then it passed (along with Oare)to the Arnulf Kade, who gave it to the Knights Hospitallers.[1]

In 1545, it passed to Sir Anthony St. Leger. It was then sold in 1551 to Sir Anthony Aucher (the father of Anthony Aucher). In 1567, it was sold to Sir Nicholas Salter. In 1699 it was sold to Mr. Richard Webbe, of Eleham. In 1711, it passed to dame Sarah Barrett, widow of Sir Paul Barrett,(serjeant-at-law). Sarah was married to Sir Richard Head, 1st Baronet's son Francis Head. Her grandson, Sir Francis Head then inherited the manor. His brother, Sir John Head inherited after his death in 1768. Sir John died in 1769, and his widow Lady Jane Head took control. In 1780 she died and it passed to William Lynch (her great-grandson). It then carried on in his family.[1]

Also in the parish is Darbies Court. In 1445, John Darbie, who was alderman of London, and sheriff was the owner. In 1399, Sir Ralph St. Leger, of Otterden (Sir Anthony St. Leger) became the owner. Then in 1798, the right hon. Lewis Thomas Watson, 2nd Baron Sondes was the owner.[1] The house still exists as Derbies Court, a Grade II listed building.[2]

The church of Ore was anciently recorded as the chapel to the parish, but it has been long since separated, and become a distinct church independent of it.[1]

In the 13th century, the Church of St Mary was built, in the diocese of Canterbury, and deanery of Ospringe. It is Grade II* listed.[3]

Present day[edit]

The village is notable for its public house, the 'Plough at Stalisfield Green'. Built between 1350 and 1450, it is an fine example of a Wealden hall house and is Grade II listed.[4] The pub serves only Kentish beers from traditional hand pumps; it regularly featuring ales from Hopdaemon (from Syndale Vinyard Newnham), Gadds (Ramsgate) and Goachers (Maidstone). In 2009, it was awarded 'Kent's best pub' by 'Produced in Kent'.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 6: 438–445. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Derbies Court, Stalisfield". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Church of St Mary, Stalisfield". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Plough Inn, Stalisfield". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ White, Nikki (27 February 2009). "Maidstone restaurant named best in Kent". kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

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