Staple's beautiful church is dedicated to St. James The Great, Apostle and Martyr, and patron saint of all travellers and pilgrims.
The church is mainly 14th & 15th Century, with a tower and East window of 13th Century origin. You will find traces of both Saxon and Norman work in the building.
In the mid 1550's, the Vicar of Staple (and of Adisham) was John Bland. He was a fervent believer in the Protestant Faith (at the time of a Catholic Queen, Queen Mary). He was charged with herecy and burned at the stake in Martyr's Field, Canterbury in July 1555.