In the early 1840s Stoke was known as Suburban South. Isel Place is a park set in trees around the homestead of early settler Thomas Marsden, and is home to Nelson Provincial Museum. Stoke was the 1981 birthplace of McCashin’s Brewery, a pioneer of New Zealand’s boutique-beer revolution.

Meaning of place name
Named by William Songer, the personal servant of Captain Arthur Wakefield, after Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk, England. Songer had been born in this village.

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