Whether you want to escape work for the evening, make weekends more enjoyable, or indulge your competitive nature, sailing in the beautiful setting of Stanley is a fantastic yet affordable activity.


Stanley Head, a house to the east of the pool, was built by 1743. Stanley Head was let as a children's outdoor education centre from the early 1960s and children using the centre still use the Pool for activities such as canoing and sailing today.

Stanley (the name means a clearing in stony ground) was occupied by the estate of the Stanley family, who lived there from at least the late 12th century. The oldest house there is Lower House Farm, of c. 1700 and probably on the site of the medieval manor house. The village grew up in the 19th century in connexion with flint mills. Rows of cottages were built in the 1860s, probably for mill workers, and one row contained a beerhouse called the Travellers Rest, a name still used today for an inn there. Two larger houses, Tudor House opposite the Travellers Rest and Spilsbury House at the west end of the village, were also built in the 1860s. A post office was opened in the earlier 1880s. Several detached and semidetached houses were built in parts of the village between the two World Wars and from the 1960s.

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