Little Maplestead

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Little Maplestead
St John the Baptist Church, Little Maplestead 3.jpg
Church of St John the Baptist
Little Maplestead is located in Essex
Little Maplestead
Little Maplestead
Location within Essex
Population294 (2001)
270 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL8234
Civil parish
  • Little Maplestead
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCO9
Dialling code01787
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°58′29″N 0°39′17″E / 51.9748°N 0.6546°E / 51.9748; 0.6546Coordinates: 51°58′29″N 0°39′17″E / 51.9748°N 0.6546°E / 51.9748; 0.6546

Little Maplestead is a village and civil parish in the Braintree district of Essex, England.


Little Maplestead once had a Knights Hospitaller establishment called Little Maplestead Preceptory.[2]

The round parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, is one of only four medieval round churches in England now surviving. The circular nave has an arcade of six bays. The church dates from around 1335 but was practically rebuilt 1849–55. It was built by the Knights Hospitallers. The church is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

Some restoration took place in the 1850s, but the original design and composition of the rotunda that forms the nave remains, as do many of the earlier fittings. In March 2013 the church was granted £5,000 by the National Churches Trust towards the repair of the gutters. A total of £42,000 had been raised for a restoration project at the church, which was started by supporters two years before, with a fund-raising target of £100,000.[4]

In 1836, William Wallen published The History and Antiquities of the Round Church at Little Maplestead, Essex.

On the first Sunday in June, the Order of St John in Essex hold an annual service, where Knights and other officials of The Order from the county process in their formal mantels (ceremonial cloaks).

Notable people[edit]

Little Maplestead is the home of X Factor 2010 winner Matt Cardle,[5] actress Barbara Hicks,[citation needed] and former World and European Bridge Champion David Price.[6]

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II*) (1338017)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Grant joy for round church", Suffolk Free Press, 21 March 2013, p.5
  5. ^ Morgan, Nina (6 September 2010). "Matt's X Factor Dream". Halstead Gazette. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  6. ^ "David Price | English Bridge Union".