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Apart from the Church of St Mary the Virgin, few buildings remain from the period before the dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. The Hospice (a branch of Harrold priory) was demolished in the 1870s along with the great mediaeval tithe barn and the old Manor House. However, parts of the Old Vicarage and the Duck End Farmhouse and Picts Hill House (formerly in Stevington Parish) can be dated from the late mediaeval period.

Colourwash by Bernard West
 
Much more remains from the 17th Century including the Baptist Meeting, but there are many attractive stone cottages dating from the middle of that Century. In addition there are numerous fine barns, some thatched, which date from the 18th Century.

Stevington's windmill is one of the few surviving examples of a post mill. It dates from the late 18th Century and is basically in working order, though no corn has been ground there since 1936.

In the early Middle Ages the Lordship of Stevingon was held from the time of the Conquest by the Counts of Boulogne, important tenants in chief of the Norman kings. Later, it passed to the aristocratic families of de Quency, Wake, Holland and Stanley and, finally, to the influential local family of the Alstons. The Lordship ceased to have legal effect in 1926.
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