St Mary's Church in the Church of England dates to before the Norman Conquest and is a listed building in the highest category in architecture.
Stoke d'Abernon shown within Surrey
|Area||3.59 km2 (1.39 sq mi)|
|Population||1,693 (2011 census)|
|– density||472 /km2 (1,220 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Esher and Walton|
Stoke D'Abernon is a village in the borough of Elmbridge in Surrey, England. It is located on the River Mole, just south of the larger villages of Cobham and Oxshott, and just north of the M25 motorway.
Stoke D'Abernon appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as the manor of Stoche (derived from the common Anglo-Saxon word stoc, implying a holy place). Its assets were: 2 hides; 2 virgates 5 acres (20,000 m2); 1 church, 2 mills worth 13s, 4 ploughs, 6 oxen, 4 acres (16,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 40 hogs. It rendered £5 per year to its feudal system overlords.
During the reign of Edward the Confessor, the manor was held by his servant, Bricsi Cild. Following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, William the Conqueror granted the manor to his kinsman, Richard fitz Gilbert, who also received the lordship of Clare.
The suffix "D'Abernon" comes from the surname of another Norman nobleman, Sir Roger D'Aubernoun, who was also granted land in Surrey in return for his services to William. At some point after 1086, the de Clare family granted the manor of Stoche to the D'Aubernoun family, who held it until the mid-14th century. Two descendants of Sir Roger, Sir John D'Aubernoun the Elder (died 1277) and his son Sir John the Younger (died 1327) are buried in the village; monumental brasses of them are contained in St Mary's Church, with the one of Sir John the Elder believed to be the oldest in England.
Until the mid-19th century, Stoke D’Abernon lay in the hundred of Elmbridge, which gave its name to the modern-day borough. Today, the village forms part of the Oxshott & Stoke D'Abernon ward of the borough.
Amenities and landmarks
It has its own railway station, named Cobham & Stoke d'Abernon to attract the much greater trade and use of the large village of Cobham starting 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the north-west at the end of the 19th century.
In the east on the main road to Leatherhead is the Woodlands Park Hotel, the top of which is tile-hung in the Surrey style. A single storey bay (architecture) has a terracotta balustrade above and the building has a half-timbered gable end front bay. Built in 1890 it is a relatively modern listed building, designed by Rowland Plumbe. The local pub-restaurant is The Old Plough which dates to the 16th century.
The village has an active residents' association with a network of road representatives. but as with neighbouring Cobham and Oxshott, unlike similar groups in the rest of Elmbridge it does not contest elections.
Stoke D'Abernon Cricket Club was formed in 1870 and currently plays in the Surrey Championship which maintains its own website aside from the Cricket England site.
Yehudi Menuhin School is a leading specialist music school is just south of the parish bounds in Fetcham.
Elmbridge ward councillor for Stoke d'Abernon since 1992, and resident in the village, James Vickers  is due to be the Mayor of Elmbridge 2009-10 is deputy Mayor 2008-09. Both the other ward members for Oxshott and Stoke serve in the Conservative-run Cabinet of Elmbridge Borough.
William Marshal who was regent of England (1217-1219) and first 'Lord Marshall' spent his honeymoon here in the summer of 1189 with his new wife, Isabelle de Clare. His descendant the Earl Marshall is one of two peers not subject to an election, hereditary and entitled to sit in the House of Lords, while the hundreds of other hereditary peers compete for 90 places in the chamber at the death of any of the 90.
The distinguished diplomat Edgar Vincent (1857–1941) lived within the parish in the early 20th century and was the first recipient of the D'Abernon Viscountcy and Barony. The title died with its first holder.
The England Test cricketer and captain, Bob Willis, grew up in the village and learnt to play at several local village clubs, including Stoke D'Abernon cricket club, before his professional career in the 1970s and 80s
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||Shared between households|
|Stoke D'Abernon[n 1]||593||140||29||44||0||0|
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
The proportion of households in the settlement who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
Notes and references
- Elmbridge 018C
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Surrey Domesday Book
- Hodgson, Chris, A History of The Manor, Stoke D'Abernon (Parkside School, 2008). PDF file
- Woodlands Park - Grade II - English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1192413)". National Heritage List for England.
- The Plough (now with suffix 'Old') - Grade II- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1286815)". National Heritage List for England.
- Stoke D'Abernon Residents Association
- Website of the political grouping of the Elmbridge Residents Associations
- St Mary's - Grade I - English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1030111)". National Heritage List for England.
- Stoke Cricket Club (Stoke CC)
- Parkside School (former manor) - Grade II* - English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1030110)". National Heritage List for England.
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