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History Monthly: The old Joule’s clock

The clock that was once over the entrance to Joule’s Brewery in Stone has returned to the High Street after restoration. In February’s History Monthly, Philip Leason – the chairman of Stone Historical Society – looks back at the history of the clock and of the brewery itself… It was in 1780 that Francis Joule took over a brewery in Stone ...

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Share your Jubilee events!

Stafford Borough Council has urged people in Stone to let the whole borough know what they are doing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics. The council is putting together a dedicated calendar to list events organised by residents, community groups and charities throughout a year marking the two major showpieces. The authority has already waived £100 road closure ...

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Historic brewery items to go up for auction

Items relating to famous Stone brewery Joule’s are set to go under the hammer at West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones on Friday, 24th February. Split into 10 lots, the collection contains some unique items that chart the latter years of this Staffordshire brewing institution, which was based in the town for two centuries. Among items as diverse as Joules-branded ashtrays, ...

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Christmas in Victorian Stone

This month’s History Monthly by Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, looks at Christmas in Victorian Stone, and a traditional festive play that was last staged in the town in 1897 – unless you count a re-enactment in 1988! One of the traditional entertainments at Christmas over the centuries was the performance of a “mummers” or “Guiser’s” play, ...

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Hundreds take a look at Medieval seal

The Medieval seal from Stone Priory that was found in a Surrey field is now back in the town, and hundreds of people have so far visited St Michael’s Church to have a look at the object for themselves. The seal was delivered to the church on Thursday and will be on display for the next six months. Talks are ...

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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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