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History of Stalisfield

Stalisfield comes from the Anglian word ‘stall’ meaning a ‘place, standing-place, stall for cattle’ with the Old English ‘feld’ as ‘open country, land without trees’; therefore, ‘open land of the stall’. The Domesday Book chronicles Stalisfield as Stanefelle.


Stalisfield parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. The Normans built the church, although after much remodelling, in the 13th century, it took the form of a cross. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the St Mary church as ‘built in the form of a cross; the steeple stands in the middle of the south side’. In the 20th century, the Maidstone based architect Hubert Bensted built the north tower as a Gothic fantasy compared to the plain structure it enhanced.