The History of Stockbury

If you want to find out about our village then please buy the Stockbury Parish council history book entitled ‘Stockbury, a Stroll through the Past’, published in 2005.

In it you will find references to our castle, long lost village dwellings, Domesday Book entries and a whole chapter on our ancient church. If you are searching for a relative who may have had connections with Stockbury perhaps he/she is mentioned in our chapter on the house histories, or indeed in the extracts from annuls of the church poor, or maybe in the account of Stockbury’s WWII associations with Detling airfield nearby. 

Memorable events from the past are recorded too, such as the time when the church was flooded mid sermon, or more recently what happened when the hurricane of 1987 passed through the parish. And we have not forgotten our environment. You will find documented the parish flora and fauna and the bird population you might expect to see. Explanations are also to be found on the ancient art of digging wells (as Stockbury has many) and you can discover what a dene hole is too! 

There is much more of course so if you are interested you can catch up with our past for just £9.95; books are sold at the local farm shop and at The Harrow Inn, Stockbury. All revenue is placed in a fund for future parish cultural enterprises.


In 1997 an appraisal was published with a wealth of information about Stockbury Village including the village's history, surveys, observations and pictures.  Visit for more information

Stockbury Community

St Mary Magdalene Church

Our beautiful ancient Church stands high on a hill over looking the A249. It is some half a mile from the village of Stockbury itself. The parish extends on both sides of the A249 including the tiny hamlet of South Green. A Church was recorded here in the Domesday Book. In those days it would probably been associated with the historic settlement just below the present site of the Church. The yew tree beside the Church is probably over 1000 years old. Some of the carvings in the Chancel were probably designed and executed by the same masons who worked on Canterbury Cathedral. At the moment we are raising money as urgent repairs are needed on the tower and North Porch. English Heritage has been very generous with a grant towards the work, but we still have to find approximately £32k! We welcome visitors. In the summer months, the Church is open on Saturdays and Sundays. At all other times, there is a key available from the Post Office in MB farms in the village. In the winter months, the services are fortnightly at 3pm on 2nd and 4th Sundays. In the summer there is a service every week at 6pm. As you enter you will find the peace descend on you as it has done for people throughout its long history.

Contact Revd. Liz Cox 01795 844241

Community Bus Weekly Schedule

Mondays – Sittingbourne

Tuesdays – Maidstone incl. Lockmeadow Market

Thursdays – Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre (Savacentre)

 Pickups from 9.30 a.m. close to where you live

Call 07551-454702 to book your seat and for all enquires.

As well as the traditional service the bus provides to its parishioners, it is also available for hire to any registered business, club or society, associated within the parishes of Hartlip, Stockbury, South Green and Yelsted ONLY, although you will need to provide the driver and fuel. It is a 17 seater (including the driver) with wheelchair access, so ideal for a group needing to travel out for a whole or part of a day. The hire rates are very competitive and are as detailed:

Morning, Afternoon or Evening £60 + Fuel

Full-Day £100 + Fuel

A £250 returnable deposit providing T's & C's are met is also required for ALL HIRES full or part day

If you believe this is the solution you have been looking for, please call me on the bus phone line 07551-454702 or send me an email and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

Email any comments, suggestions or questions about the community bus to 

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St Mary Magdalene Church

Situated in the middle of the village, the memorial hall is an ideal location for any social occasion. The hall is well decorated, has a stage, a fully equipped kitchen as well as a bar area and has tables and chairs for up to 100 people. As well as the main hall, there is a separate smaller committee room available for meetings of up to 15 people.

For Stockbury parishioners, the cost for the main hall is £ 9.00 per hour for weekdays and Sundays and £150 for all day Saturday. The committee room is available for £7.50 per hour. For all non residents, the cost is available on application.

Playing Field

There is also have a large playing field which is an ideal location for visiting caravans and camper vans. It has been used by caravan clubs for many years. The cost for caravans/camper vans is 5.00 per van per night . The local pub, The Harrow, provides a warm welcome to visitors and many caravan clubs also use the hall for functions in the evening which is available at a special rate of £100.

The playing field is a large grassed area which is also available for hire at rates which can be supplied on application.

For enquiries on booking availability or information on cost of hire, call Sue Porter on 01795 843715

Dancing Club  - Info coming soon

Dog Club - Info coming soon

Gardeners club  - Info coming soon

Golf Society  - Info coming soon

Cricket Club  - Info coming soon

MB farms - Info coming soon

Neighbourhood watch  - Info coming soon

  Not so young Club- Info coming soon

Petanque Club  - Info coming soon

Photographic  Club - Info coming soon

Short Mat Bowls  - Info coming soon

WI- Info coming soon

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The Street, Stockbury,
ME9 7UH 

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