Stansted, Kent

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Stansted is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population484 (2011 Census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSevenoaks
Postcode districtTN15
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′09″N 0°18′19″E / 51.335860°N 0.305350°E / 51.335860; 0.305350Coordinates: 51°20′09″N 0°18′19″E / 51.335860°N 0.305350°E / 51.335860; 0.305350

Stansted (referred to in older texts as Stanstead)[2] is a village and rural parish in the Tonbridge and Malling district of the county of Kent in the United Kingdom (not to be confused with Stansted Mountfitchet or London Stansted Airport, both of which are in Essex).

It is located close to the M20 motorway. The Morris dancers of Stansted were one of the earliest groups to form from the revival of the activity, in 1934. The name Stansted means "stony place".

Filming location[edit]

In January 2007 the village was used as a semi-fictional location in the filming of an episode of EastEnders broadcast in the United Kingdom over the Easter 2007 holiday season.[3] Additional scenes were filmed at Wormshill and Ringlestone as ostensibly the same village location, notwithstanding they are some 20 miles (30 kilometres) from Stansted.


On 29 December 2007 villagers alerted the police to a man in the village brandishing a gun. Reports say, however, that it was perhaps the man himself who alerted the police[4] Upon arrival, the police opened fire and eventually shot and killed him.[5] The case has been handed over to the IPCC for consideration [6]

BA confuse Stansted Airport with Stansted, Kent[edit]

In early 2007, British Airways mistakenly used inflight 'skymaps' that relocated Stansted Airport, Essex to Stansted in Kent. Skymaps show passengers their location, but the mistake was luckily not replicated on the pilots' navigation system. BA blamed outside contractors hired to make the map. "It was the mistake of the independent company that produced the software," said a spokeswoman. "The cartographer appears to have confused the vast Essex airport, which handles 25 million passengers a year, with this tiny Kent village, also called Stansted, which has a population of around 200".


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Chelsfield Parish Census dated 1891 from Kent Online Parish indicating former use of "Stanstead"
  3. ^ Eastenders visit Kent Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine from Kent Film Office Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Times
  5. ^ Kent News[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Reuters

External links[edit]

Media related to Stansted, Kent at Wikimedia Commons