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History of Stelling Minnis

Stelling Minnis comes from the Old English word ‘ingas’ meaning ‘the place of’ combined with a personal name, and ‘̄nnes’ as ‘common land, common holding’; therefore, the ‘common of Stella’s place’. The Domesday Book records Stelling as Stellinges

Stelling Minnis parish church is a Grade: I listed building, and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. Built in the late 13th and throughout the 14th century, the church possibly replaced an earlier building, although there is no physical evidence. Early in the 15th century, an unknown founder cast and hung a bell. Between 1414 and 1440, John Walgrave cast two more bells. Changes made in 1790 converted the church into the non-conformist style, which involved placing the pulpit midway along the north wall of the nave and rearranging the box pews. In 1799, Edward Hasted described the Stelling as a ’large and handsome, consisting of two isles and one chancel, having a low square tower at the north-west corner of it’more

It has been suggested a church existed – as a Chapel-of-Ease to the basilica at Lyminge - prior to the conquest, and after the Conquest of 1066, transferred to Hardres, with the consecration in 1130.