Places - Notable & Listed Buildings
This page lists notable and listed buildings in the local area. Information on listed buildings is available from historicengland.org.uk.
Notable buildings are defined as those properties having some historical significance but are not listed.
Berry’s Maple, Pease Hill, Ash (Grade II - H.E. 1216662)
Berry’s Maple is about ½ mile outside the Parish boundary in the Parish of Ash-Cum- Ridley. It stands at a junction of 5 roads and feels as much a part of Stansted as Ash. Indeed there are stories that it stands on the site of an old gibbet on the Parish boundary. It is a 17th-century timber-framed building with a later brick addition. It was previously occupied and farmed by George Orpin until the farmland was sold to Sir Gerald Hohler.
Church Cottage, Tumblefield Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236156)
Church Cottage is located in Tumblefield Road close to St Mary’s Church and is thought to be the oldest house in Stansted and would have been used by the priest visiting from Wrotham, to which Stansted was then a subordinate parish. This timber-framed house dates back to the 14th century with later alterations, the majority of which are 18th century.
Coldharbour Farmhouse, Wrotham Hill Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236190)
Coldharbour is a 16th-century farmhouse (restored) and is prominently shown on maps from about 1800 onwards. It has a presumed Saxon earthwork 100 metres to its north. It is well known for being the home of a local celebrity and eccentric Colonel Alfred Wintle until his death in 1966.
Court Lodge, Plaxdale Green Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236115)
Court Lodge and farm buildings are next to St Mary’s church and the farmland surrounds Stansted village. The Lodge building and tithe barn are 17th century and are grade II listed. The Lodge has an 18th-century building at the front and there are 16th-century internal fixtures which are possibly from Ightham Court or the Archbishop’s Palace at Wrotham. Famous previous residents are theatre director Granville Barker (1909 to 1917) and Sir Gerald Hohler, MP (1917 to 1934).
Fairseat House, Vigo Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236183)
The house was built in 1835 by Mr Horace Grant and was enlarged with further additions in about 1850. It was run as a Boarding School for about 50 young ladies until 1863 when it was bought by Major General John Kemball as a family home. From 1871 to 1930 the local Post Office operated from Coachman’s Cottage on the premises (now Fairseat Cottage). In 1935 a large wing and kitchen block, which were part of the original school, were demolished. The house was considerably improved at the turn of the century, including a new roof and the addition of a substantial orangery.
Fairseat Manor, Vigo Road (Grade II* - H.E. Ref:1236169)
The current building comprises a front elevation of the early 1700s with a much older building behind it. The listing says that the original building dates from the 17th century but it could well be much older. The Georgian facade and high garden wall were added by John Cox after he has bought the older building from Sir Roger Twisden.
Horns Lodge, Fairseat Lane, Ash (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1275707)
Horns Lodge is situated just outside of the Stansted Parish boundary within the Parish of Ash-Cum-Ridley. The property dates back to the 14th century when it was a two-room hunting lodge and in 1620 was extended to include a new chimney, an inglenook fireplace and somewhat larger rooms. The property was then used as a farmhouse and continued as such until 1890 when the property was sold to the Pettings Estate Company and used residentially.
Old Manor Cottage, Plaxdale Green Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236118)
The Cottage has 16th-century origins with 18th and 19th-century alterations. The original framework is visible inside the building and the whole is grade II listed. The building is situated at right angles to Plaxdale Green Road about ¾ mile from the church and there is a catslide roof to the west.
Old Malt House, Malthouse Road, Ash (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1275666)
The Old Malthouse is situated just outside of the Stansted Parish boundary within the Parish of Ash-Cum-Ridley. It is thought that the original buildings on this site dating from the 14th century and have been extensively altered over the years but never entirely demolished. The existing building is a 17th century (or older) timber-framed, thatched house with a later brick extension to the right (Malthouse Cottage). Over the years the buildings have been configured as 5 or 6 cottages and previous uses were as a brewery, a guesthouse and a restaurant with rooms.
Rumney Farmhouse, South Ash Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236151)
Rumney Farm is an Elizabethan farmhouse on Ash Road which is grade II listed. It has a 16th-century frame with 18th-century alterations. A notable occupant was Richard Walter and his family who were tenants of the Scudder family in the early 1800s.
South Ash Manor, South Ash Road (Grade II* - H.E. Ref:1275615)
The property is situated on the boundary between the Parishes of Ash-Cum-Ridley and Stansted having been in Stansted Parish before 1952. South Ash Manor is a timber-framed house built on stone foundations that date back to the 12th-century. In the 14th-century the house was substantially developed by the Hodsoll family, after whom the nearby hamlet of Hodsoll Street is named. The Manor House and the timber-clad barn, now known as the ‘Stable Block’, were extensively restored at the turn of the century.
The Old Rectory, Plaxdale Green Road (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236111)
The Old Rectory in Stansted was built in 1847 for the first rector, Samuel White, and was the church rectory until 1969 when it was sold and became a private dwelling. Nearby, in the rectory meadow, to the right of the drive entrance from Plaxdale Green Road stood the brick and timber-framed Tithe Barn which was demolished in 1920.
Stansted War Memorial, Stansted Hill (Grade II - H.E. Ref:1236154)
The original memorial statue by the Hungarian sculptor, Alajos Strobl, was erected in 1923 on land donated by Sir Gerald Hohler of Court Lodge. The statue was stolen in 1964 but successfully retrieved and reinstated. Following a second theft in 1995 the original statue was lost. The current statue was created by Faith Winter and rededicated on Remembrance Sunday 1996.
St Mary’s Church, Tumblefield Road (Grade II* - H.E. Ref:1236153)
The Church of St Mary the Virgin was built in the fourteenth century, replacing an earlier chapel. In 1883 the church was completely restored and a small vestry was constructed on the south side of the chancel. In 2015 a free-standing extension ‘The Cloisters’ was built, linked to the main church by a covered walkway. The large Yew tree close to the main doors is thought to be about 1000 years old.
Soranks Manor, Vigo Road
The house now known as Soranks Manor was built in the mid-1850s and stands on the foundations of a much earlier, medieval manor house. The land associated with the Manor was held by Ralph de Sandwich during the reign of Henry III and was later passed to Edmund Sorank whose name is recorded in the assize roll of 1313 as a juror for Stansted. Hasted records the Manor as covering some 140 acres in 1548.