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
Little Maplestead shown within Essex
Population 294 (2001)
270 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL8234
Civil parish
  • Little Maplestead
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HALSTEAD
Postcode district CO9
Dialling code 01787
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East 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 a Grade II* listed building[3] dating from around 1335. It is one of only four medieval round churches in England now surviving and was built by the Knights of St John. 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 has now been raised for a restoration project at the church, which was started by supporters two years ago, with a fund-raising target of £100,000. 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.[4] In 1836, William Wallen published The History and Antiquities of the Round Church at Little Maplestead, Essex.

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Notable people[edit]

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


  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. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  6. ^