Stanway, Essex

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Stanway Village Hall
Stanway is located in Essex
 Stanway shown within Essex
Population 8,509 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL940241
District Colchester
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Colchester
Postcode district CO3
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Witham
List of places

Coordinates: 51°52′54″N 0°49′02″E / 51.8817°N 0.8173°E / 51.8817; 0.8173

Stanway is a village and civil parish in Essex, England located near Colchester and within Colchester Borough. It is now widely referred to as a suburb.

Stanway is approximately three miles west of Colchester town centre on the B1408 (former A12), near the junction of the A12 and the A1124 at Eight Ash Green. Colchester Zoo, The Stanway School, Tollgate shopping complex and the Co-operative retail development are among prominent local amenities. Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn, founder members of Blur, met at the local school.

Stanway was named in the Domesday Book.[2]

The £4.3m A12 bypass opened in 1970. Local pubs include the Live and Let Live on Millers Lane and the Swan on London Road.

There are three schools in Stanway: two primary schools and The Stanway School. The Stanway School has academy status, and describes itself as a "Humanities and Maths & Computing College". All three of the schools are close together, on adjacent roads.


An electoral ward with the same name exists. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 8,283.[3]

Parish church[edit]

The ancient parish church of St Albright, Stanway

In the early Medieval period Stanway had two churches; All Saints' next to Stanway Hall, and St Albright's in Little Stanway on the London Road (now the B1408). All Saints' church, first recorded in about 1260, had fallen out of use during the 16th century,[4] but was repaired and the chancel and north aisle were demolished in about 1605 by Sir John Swinterton, when the it became the private chapel to Stanway Hall.[5] In the early 18th century the church was said to be "utterly decayed" and remains a ruin.[4]

The current Church of England parish church is dedicated to Saint Albright, who is generally identified with Saint Ethelbert the King, a king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, who was killed in 794 AD.[6] It was in existence in the late 11th century and was a parish church soon afterwards but was referred to as a chapel in later documents.[4] The oldest parts of the present building date from the 12th century and incorporate Roman bricks in the heads of some of the windows. A new chancel was added in 1880 when the church was restored by George Gilbert Scott.[7]

Druid of Colchester[edit]

In 1996, prior to the expansion of the Stanway Sand & Gravel quarry, an archaeological team was called in to investigate the outline of five ancient ditched enclosures identified by aerial photography. There, just off the A12 to Colchester, they discovered the grave of the "Druid of Colchester".[8]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Stanway has a Non-League football club Stanway Rovers F.C. who play at New Farm Road.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  2. ^ 'Stanway: Introduction', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe (2001), pp. 259-63. Accessed through the online version.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c 'Stanway: Churches', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (2001), pp. 270-273. Accessed through the online version.
  5. ^ "Church of All Saints, Stanway". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Buckler, George (1856) Twenty-Two Of The Churches Of Essex: Architecturally Described And Illustrated, Bell and Daldy, London (p. 242)
  7. ^ "Parish Church of St Albright, Stanway". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Games Britannia - 1. Dicing with Destiny, BBC Four, 1:05am Tuesday 8 December 2009

External links[edit]

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