Staplehurst, a village and a parish in Kent. The village has a station on the S.E.R., 42 miles from London, and 9 SSE of Maidstone, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish comprises 5897 acres; population, 1818. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Iden Manor is the seat of the Hoare family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury; net value, £500 with residence. Patron, St John's College, Cambridge. The church, which is a very fine structure, has been well restored, and contains some beautiful ancient iron work on the S door, and interesting monuments to the Hoare family, Usbornes, and others. There are Congregational and Baptist chapels.