King's Stanley

Coordinates: 51°43′57″N 2°16′25″W / 51.73259°N 2.27362°W / 51.73259; -2.27362
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King's Stanley
Church Street, the main road through Kings Stanley, leading to the King's Head pub
King's Stanley is located in Gloucestershire
King's Stanley
King's Stanley
Location within Gloucestershire
Population2,359 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO812038
Civil parish
  • King's Stanley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStonehouse
Postcode districtGL10
Dialling code01453
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°43′57″N 2°16′25″W / 51.73259°N 2.27362°W / 51.73259; -2.27362

King's Stanley is a civil parish and village in Gloucestershire, England, to the south of Stonehouse and southwest of the town of Stroud.


The village is part of what is known locally as 'The Stanleys', along with its western neighbours Leonard Stanley and Stanley Downton. The parish includes the village of Middleyard and the smaller settlements of Selsley West and Selsley, all three lying east of King's Stanley along the minor road towards Stroud.[2]

The settlements are on the south side of the valley of the River Frome. In the south of the parish the land rises steeply, and the high plateau south of Selsley is known as Selsley Common.


In the Domesday Book of 1086, an estate called Stantone is recorded as held by Turstin FitzRolf.[3]

The Stanley Mills woollen mill in the north of the parish, on the Frome opposite Ryeford, was built in the early 19th century. Its principal building is Grade I listed.[4]


Marling Close, which contains the local playing fields on which the cricket and football teams play, was donated to the village by local magnates The Marlings who also helped found Marling School, and is now in the care of the Marling Trust. The village is home to the oldest Baptist Church in Gloucestershire that started meeting in 1640.

The 12th-century parish church of St George at King's Stanley is a Grade I listed building.[5] The 19th-century All Saints Church at Selsley has stained glass by Morris & Co. and is also Grade I listed.[6]

King's Stanley is home to a C of E Primary School, established by amalgamating the Infant and Junior Schools on the site of the old Junior School. The Primary School was inspected by Ofsted in October 2009, and judged to be "Outstanding".[7] In 2014 it was rated "Good".[8]

Notable people[edit]

  • Anthony Keck, 18th-century architect who had his workshops at King's Stanley throughout his life and is buried in St. George's in the village.[9]
  • Sir Charles Murray Marling (1862–1933), diplomat and ambassador, was born at King's Stanley.
  • Damien Kay, lead singer of The Outcast Band[10]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Election Maps: Great Britain". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 16 August 2023.
  3. ^ [King's Stanley] in the Domesday Book
  4. ^ Historic England. "Main building at Stanley Mills (1171285)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  5. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST GEORGE (1090720)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1090729)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 August 2023.
  7. ^ "King's Stanley CofE Primary School Inspection report 2009". Ofsted. Archived from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  8. ^ "King's Stanley CofE Primary School 2014". Ofsted. Archived from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Anthony Keck Architect". Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  10. ^ Falconer, Ben (19 March 2010). "Make us huge like Pixie Lott". Gloucestershire Citizen. Retrieved 8 February 2024. Outcast Band's lead singer Damien Kay, 39, from King's Stanley.

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