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Medieval seal is coming home

The recently discovered Medieval seal from Stone Priory that was found in a field in Surrey will be on show at St Michael’s Church in Stone for three months. The joint owners and a local historian from the area where it was found will be visiting Stone on Thursday 1st December to hand over the seal for the loan period. The ...

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Stone in the First World War

To mark Remembrance Day, this month’s History Monthly by Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, looks at the role that the people of Stone played in the First World War and recalls the “blackest day in the town’s history”. Readers who have been following the popular TV programme Downton Abbey will have seen how people responded to the ...

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History Monthly: The Bishop of Guyana

Stone Historical Society chairman Philip Leason will be writing a special post each month for A Little Bit of Stone. This month, how a bishop from South America was actually born in Stone – and how people travelled to the town from all over the world more than 200 years later to see his birthplace for themselves… On 7th November ...

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Memories of hall needed for centenary

St Michael’s Hall in Lichfield Street celebrates its centenary in November and the manager is asking people in the town for their memories of the venue. Today the hall plays host to a huge number of events and societies, including staging Stone Revellers’ productions. Manager Dennis Abbott wants to hear from you if you have memories or photos from years ...

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Bit of Medieval Stone found in Surrey field

A piece of Stone’s Medieval history has been found by a metal detector in a field in Surrey. The remarkable copper object – dated between 1200 and 1300AD – was found in Cobham in August. It’s a seal that would have been used to create a seal of wax on important documents at Stone Priory. It is about 7cm long, ...

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Can you solve Oulton picture puzzle?

Do you recognise any of the people in the photos below? They were taken in the early 1950s and show members of Oulton Horticultural Society. One photo shows members inside The Brushmaker’s Arms, while two are taken inside and outside the village hall. Oulton local website Oulton Village wants to hear from you if you can shed any light on ...

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Stone man leads pilgrimage project

A Stone man is leading an ambitious project to create a new footpath between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield – with Stone’s history playing a key part on the route. Retired headteacher and experienced long-distance walker David Pott wants to recreate a modern equivalent of the Medieval pilgrimage and the 80-mile walk will be the first waymarked pilgrimage ...

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Stone history comes to life: Heritage Open Days 2010

Some of Stone’s hidden history was brought to life this weekend during Heritage Open Days at St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church and Mosty Lea Water Mill. St Michael’s opened its doors to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, who could have a look inside the beautiful church and its stained glass windows. Also open was the mausoleum and, perhaps best ...

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