All Saints' Church
Staplehurst shown within Kent
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Staplehurst // is a large village and civil parish, situated south of Maidstone in Kent, England. The name Staplehurst comes from the Saxon words staple (meaning post) and hurst (meaning wood or clearing in a forest). The village lies on the route of a Roman road, which is now incorporated into the course of the A229.
There are approximately 2,600 households and 6,000 residents, a population that brings the village on par with some small towns. However, Staplehurst does not have the large facilities, like a supermarket although planning permission has been granted to build one,and leisure centre or the feel of a town. There are a number of local shops at the Parade, which lies roughly at the centre of the village, and two public houses, the Railway Tavern, and the King's Head. It also has a small library and a newly built two-million-pound medical centre which contains numerous doctors and dentists. The building of the medical centre on the school field enabled the school to have a large sports hall built. During the last few years Hush Heath Estate has become renowned for its pink sparkling wine which has won awards.
In 2003, Staplehurst won the Kent Village of the Year Competition.
Culture and community
The 12th century parish church, All Saints', is located at the highest point in the village. It is a Grade I listed building. The village also has a United Reformed Church, a Free church and a Strict Baptist chapel.
Staplehurst School, the village primary school, is located on Gybbon Rise, near the town centre shops. Around 440 pupils are taught in 18 classrooms. The school was originally housed in the stone buildings off the A229 and moved to the new site when the population of the village grew in the 1980s. The old school then became the village community centre.
Staplehurst railway station is a busy station and is well-used by commuters working in London. The station is on the main line from Ashford International railway station to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street, via Tonbridge. It is also the main station for commuters from Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Sissinghurst and other nearby villages. Before the completion of High Speed 1, the line was also used by Eurostar trains. Although the surface of Five Oak Lane has apparently been repaired, the main A229 towards Maidstone has a whole string of huge potholes.
- Reginald Poynton Baker, movie producer, owner of Loddenden Manor until 1954
- Charlie Cramp, trade unionist and Labour Party activist
- Nigel McGuinness, former professional wrestler, grew up in Staplehurst
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- Police scour Kent farm for clues to £53m robbery as gang's lorry traced, Rosie Cowen, The Guardian, 01-03-06
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- Staplehurst Parish Council Web Site
- All Saints' Church Staplehurst Web Site
- Staplehurst Free Church Web Site
- Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club
- Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club
- Staplehurst Community Centre
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