St Michael’s Church in Stone is holding a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 3rd October from 10am to 4pm, including the chance to see the town from the top of the church tower!
Visitors will be able to see the 12th century seal matrix from Stone Priory and have a tour of the church and an explanation of its windows (most of which are by the famous Victorian glass maker of Kempe). They will also be able to visit the Jervis Mausoleum, see the church bells and (weather permitting) climb the tower and see the wonderful town and surrounding countryside from the top.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the 2nd War there will also be a display arranged by military historian Stephen Edwards of items associated with the war from the Stone area.
The crypt below the Priory in Lichfield Street will also be open from 10am to 1pm. These are the only remains of the 12th Century Stone Priory and as they are in the cellar of a private house and not open to the public this is a unique opportunity to see them. Visitors should assemble at the Church and then will be taken down in groups to view them. There is no admission charge but donations for the restoration of St Michael’s Community Hall would be appreciated.
If you’re in town on that day for the Stone Food and Drink Festival, why not pop over to the church?