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Stanwell, Middlesex

Historical Description

Stanwell, a pleasant village and a parish in Middlesex. The village stands 2½ miles NE of Staines, and 1½ N from Ashford station on the Windsor branch of the L. & S.W.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Staines. The parish contains also Staines workhouse, Poyle hamlet, and part of Colnbrook. Acreage, 3999; population, 2383. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The manor belonged, from the Norman Conquest till 1541, to the Windsors; went then, by an exchange, to the Crown; was the death-place of the Princess Mary, daughter of James I.; passed to the Knyvets and the Falklands; and, with Stanwell Place, belongs now to the Gibbons family. There are paper mills and two large flour mills. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London; net value, £210 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a building of flint and stone in the Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with aiale, nave, aisles, N porch, and a low western tower of chequer work, with a lofty octagonal shingled spire. There is a Congregational chapel at Poyle, and Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels at Colnbrook. Judge Nares was a native; and Ryves, the author of " Mercurius Rusticus," was vicar.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyMiddlesex 
Ecclesiastical parishStanwell St. Mary 
Poor Law unionStaines 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stanwell from the following:

Land and Property

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

West Bedfont
RegionSouth East
Postal districtTW19
Post TownStaines-Upon-Thames