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All Saints' Church, Stisted
Stisted is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population662 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL802247
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM77
Dialling code01376
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′30″N 0°37′02″E / 51.89172°N 0.61731°E / 51.89172; 0.61731Coordinates: 51°53′30″N 0°37′02″E / 51.89172°N 0.61731°E / 51.89172; 0.61731

Stisted is a civil parish, Church of England parish, and former manor near Braintree, Essex, England. Andrew Motion, a former Poet Laureate, was raised there.[2]

History of Stisted[edit]

Stisted parish was a peculiar, held by the Dean of Bocking under the Archbishop of Canterbury, until 1845, when it fell under the jurisdiction of Middlesex. In 1895 it became part of the 'see' of Chelmsford.

Samuel Stone, founder of Hartford, Conn. was curate of Stisted from 1627.[3] Charles Forster,[4] grandfather of E. M. Forster, held the living of Stisted, and there is an inscription recording that "The tower was rebuilt from the foundations by Onley Savill-Onley and at the same time the chancel was new roofed and restored by the Rev Charles Forster AD 1844".[5]

The manor of Stisted also belonged to the monks of Canterbury Cathedral before the reformation. It was sold to Thomas Wiseman in 1549, whose heirs sold it to William Lingwood in 1685, whose widow (his third wife) bequeathed it to John Savill in 1719. It was inherited by Savill's brother, and then his niece, who married the Rev. Charles Onley, from whom Onley Savill-Onley was descended.

In 2003, Alan Hurst, the local Member of Parliament denounced an Internet land scheme for selling land in Stisted as if for development, comparing it to a Champagne auction.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. ^ "The joy of Essex". The Sunday Times. Times Newspapers. 24 September 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ He seems to have been a specialist of Semitic languages. Cf. British Library Catalogue
  5. ^ inscription Archived 2007-05-28 at
  6. ^ selling land Archived 2004-09-26 at the Wayback Machine

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