Residential properties - Tumblefield Road

This page lists the residential properties in Tumblefield Road which runs in a southerly direction from the junction with Plaxdale Green Road by St Marys Church, towards the A20 where it merges with Labour-in-Vain Road.
Please get in touch with the Society should you have further information on any of the properties listed or suggest any alterations or additions.

Church Cottage

Church Cottage is adjacent to St Marys Church and is thought to be the oldest house in Stansted. It would have been used by the priest visiting from Wrotham, to which Stansted was then a subordinate parish. The property dates back to the 14th century with later alterations, the majority of which are 18th century. It was extended significantly to the south in 1974 and was Grade II listed in 1984. Prior to 1900, it had been occupied as two tenements for many years by poor parishioners rent-free. 

The Black Horse (PH)

To be completed

Bretch

To be completed

Whitehouse

To be completed

Wheelwrights Cottage

Built in 1976/7 on a previously vacant plot which was part of the garden of High Tree.

High Tree

High Tree was built between 1841 and 1861, when the property was occupied by the Webb family who lived there for 60 years. From 1897 to 1924 it served as the Village Post Office. The property was significantly extended in the 1980s.

1 The Croft

This is one of four bungalows run by The Berry Housing Trust for older people with housing needs. This and the adjoining bungalow (now numbers 1 and 2) were built in 1925 by local builder Mr Joe Hills at a cost of £520. They are dedicated to the Rector, Arthur Round Cronk and his wife Catharine. The Rev. Cronk was the vicar of Stansted from 1898 to 1918 and had been a Trustee of the Housing Trust.

2 The Croft

This is one of four bungalows run by The Berry Housing Trust for older people with housing needs. This and the adjoining bungalow (now numbers 1 and 2) were built in 1925 by local builder Mr Joe Hills at a cost of £520. They are dedicated to the Rector, Arthur Round Cronk and his wife Catharine. The Rev. Cronk was the vicar of Stansted from 1898 to 1918 and had been a Trustee of the Housing Trust.

3 The Croft

This is one of four bungalows run by The Berry Housing Trust for older people with housing needs. This and the adjoining bungalow (now numbers 3 and 4) were built in 1911/12 by local builder Mr Joe Hills at a cost of £277. They were built in memory of Mrs Ada Berry who lived in Soranks Manor, Fairseat and who was a prominent advocate for more religious toleration, the spread of scientific ideas, improvement in education and in the conditions of the working people.

4 The Croft

This is one of four bungalows run by The Berry Housing Trust for older people with housing needs. This and the adjoining bungalow (now numbers 3 and 4) were built in 1911/12 by Mr Joe Hills at a cost of £277. They were built in memory of Mrs Ada Berry who lived in Soranks Manor, Fairseat and who was a prominent advocate for more religious toleration, the spread of scientific ideas, improvement in education and in the conditions of the working people.

Cobweb Cottage

Built in 1976/7 by Cynthia and Bob Lewis on a previously vacant plot.

Forge Cottage

This house and The Old Forge predate 1841 and used to be three cottages. Hughie and Jan George bought two of the cottages in the 1970s and converted them into this one dwelling.

The Old Forge

This house and Forge Cottage predate 1841 and used to be three cottages. The Old Forge is one of the original three cottages. The blacksmith’s forge itself was situated between this building and the footpath (the site is now occupied by Hollytree House and Meadowlands).

Hollytree House

Built in 1977/8 on part of the site of the old blacksmith’s forge which was situated between The Old Forge and the footpath.

Meadowlands

Built in 1975/6 on part of the site of the old blacksmith’s forge which was situated between the Old Forge and the footpath.

1 Tumblefield Estate

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2 Tumblefield Estate

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3 Tumblefield Estate

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4 Tumblefield Estate

To be completed

5 Tumblefield Estate

To be completed

6 Tumblefield Estate

To be completed

7 Tumblefield Estate

To be completed

8 Tumblefield Estate

To be completed

Trewindor

This property was built in 1963 at the same time as the neighbouring property, Rondello, by Brian and Ronda O’Leary

Rondello

This property was built in 1963, at the same time as the neighbouring property, Trewindor, by Brian and Ronda O’Leary who lived there for over 50 years.

Goodmans Farm

The property was built in 1836 and was included in the 1841 list of tithe rents when it was known as Goose’s Farm. It was owned by John Alliston, who also owned Haytham Green Farm and Wises Farm, and was occupied by William Jarvis. The original farm comprised 17 acres of arable, meadow and woods. In the early 1960s the barn was separated from the farm and became a separate property (Goodmans Barn).

Goodmans Barn

This property, including an oast house built in 1850, was part of Goodmans Farm until 1964. At that time the property was purchased by Nevill and Virginia Phillips and major alterations took place. A wooden dwelling (Goodmans Cottage) which predated 1850 and which was situated on the Tumblefield Road frontage was demolished as part of the changes. The barn itself is thought to date from the 1500s and to have once been a building at Chatham Dockyard.

Ruskins

The original house on this site was a very small white-painted wooden cottage for the bailiff of Goodman’s Farm and predated 1931. This was enlarged in 1953. George and Penny Goring bought the house in 1964 and immediately rebuilt the property. Over the years they added stables, a swimming pool, barns and a sand school. Both George and Penny died in 2020.

Stone Rede

To be completed

Homelea

To be completed

Stansted Lodge

To be completed

Stansted Lodge Farm

In 1841 this was listed in the Tithe records as Inge’s farm. The current house was built in 1963 by Vivian and Janetta Walton on land previously belonging to the Haydon family and was run as a farm with an adjacent farmyard and buildings. Janetta died in 1985 and Anne Walton then helped to run the farm until Vivian died in 2019. At that time the farmyard and farm buildings were sold as a development site and three detached houses were built there during 2022/23. The house and farmland continued as a farm owned and run by Jack Saunders.

The Chart

The current property was built in 2017 and replaced a much older single-storey wooden house named ‘Stansted Lodge Bungalow’.