Stansted, Kent

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Stansted
Stansted is located in Kent
Stansted
Stansted
 Stansted shown within Kent
District Tonbridge and Malling
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Kent
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Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°20′09″N 0°18′19″E / 51.335860°N 0.305350°E / 51.335860; 0.305350

Stansted (referred to in older texts as Stanstead)[1] is a village and rural parish in the Tonbridge and Malling district of the county of Kent in the United Kingdom (not to be confused with Stansted Mountfitchet or London Stansted Airport, both of which are in Essex).

It is located at 51°20′08″N 0°18′37″E / 51.33556°N 0.31028°E / 51.33556; 0.31028, close by the M20 motorway. The Morris dancers of Stansted were one of the earliest groups to form from the revival of the activity, in 1934. The name Stansted means "stony place".

Filming location[edit]

In January 2007 the village was used as a semi-fictional location in the filming of an episode of EastEnders broadcast in the United Kingdom over the Easter 2007 holiday season.[2] Additional scenes were filmed at Wormshill and Ringlestone as ostensibly the same village location, notwithstanding they are some 20 miles (30 kilometres) from Stansted.

Shooting[edit]

On December 29, 2007, villagers alerted the police to a man in the village brandishing a gun. Reports say, however, that it was perhaps the man himself who alerted the police [1]. Upon arrival, the police opened fire and eventually shot and killed him [2]. The situation has been handed over to the IPCC for consideration [3].

Primary School[edit]

Stansted C of E Primary School first opened its doors in August 1874 with a total of 44 pupils. The children were all taught in one large school room until 1899 when a donation of a curtain allowed the infants to be separated from the older pupils. In 2005 the original Victorian building and mobile classrooms were upgraded creating the village school we know today. The school currently has around 90 pupils.

BA confuse Stansted Airport with Stansted, Kent[edit]

In early 2007, British Airways mistakenly used inflight 'skymaps' that relocated Stansted Airport, Essex to Stansted in Kent. Skymaps show passengers their location, but the mistake was luckily not replicated on the pilots' navigation system. BA blamed outside contractors hired to make the map. "It was the mistake of the independent company that produced the software," said a spokeswoman. "The cartographer appears to have confused the vast Essex airport, which handles 25 million passengers a year, with this tiny Kent village, also called Stansted, which has a population of around 200".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chelsfield Parish Census dated 1891 from Kent Online Parish Clerk.org indicating former use of "Stanstead"
  2. ^ Eastenders visit Kent from Kent Film Office

External links[edit]

Media related to Stansted, Kent at Wikimedia Commons