History of King’s Stanley

Peter Griffin (1943-2020) lived for almost his whole life in King’s Stanley. His book, History of King’s Stanley, is available now.

King’s Stanley High Street, c. 1911

Ever since he was a teenager, Peter’s main interest was the history of the village his family has lived in for over 400 years. His book, History of King’s Stanley, which also covers Middleyard and Selsley, is the result of decades of meticulous research. The 400-page volume is an in-depth account of life in the village from pre-historic times to the present day, with illustrations and a comprehensive index.


1. Introduction and Prehistory
2. Roman Evidence from King’s Stanley
3. The Anglo-Saxon period
4. Medieval Lords of the manor
5. Origins of St. George’s Church
6. Manor and Borough
7. Agriculture
8. Cloth Industry in King’s Stanley
9. Houses, Owners and Tenants
10. The Churches after the Reformation
11. Population and Welfare
12. The Parish Vestry
13. Law and Order
14. Education in King’s Stanley
15. Politics and National Events
16. King’s Stanley Military
17. The Marlings in King’s Stanley
18. Rectory and Park
19. The Parish Council
20. Social Life
21. Since 1900
22. A Tour of the Parish

You can see some illustrations from the book here. You can find out more about Peter Griffin here.

History of King’s Stanley is available now. Please order your copy using the PayPal button below. The book costs £15 plus £3 for UK postage and packing. If you’d like the book sent overseas, please send us a message using the form below.

Delivery options

The book is also on sale at the Stroud Bookshop and R and R Books.

If you live in King’s Stanley, you can select local collection from the delivery options above and collect the book from Richard Bryant and Carolyn Heighway of Past Historic at 6 Church Street, between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. You can also pay by cash or cheque and collect from 6 Church Street.

Our thanks to Howard Beard for his help with illustrations, and to Richard Bryant and Carolyn Heighway of Past Historic for their work on design and production.

Please contact Kate Griffin if you have any queries about the book.

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