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Rare archives shed light on conscription during WWI

Tribunal manual

Stories of conscientious objectors and how bakers, butchers and farmworkers fought conscription are amongst a rare collection of Military Appeal Tribunal records being published for the first time. Conscription was first used by the armed forces in 1916 and those who sought exemption were brought in front of Military tribunals to make their case. After the war, the Ministry of ...

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Fourth generation at Canal Cruising Company

Canal Cruising Company

It’s the oldest hire boat operator in the UK and now the fourth generation of the Wyatt family have started working at Canal Cruising Company in Stone. Kimberley and Dominic Wyatt – the children of owners Peter and Karen – both started working at Canal Cruising Company this year – Dominic as an engineer, Kimberley in sales and marketing. The business, ...

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Great War multimedia exhibition goes on tour

Great War

A new multimedia exhibition that commemorates the Great War and life on the Home Front in Staffordshire through poetry and film is set to tour the county. ‘14’ documents the story of Staffordshire’s role during the First World War and includes a series of short films inspired by poems written by Staffordshire’s former Poet Laureate, Tom Wyre. Visitors will get the chance ...

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Stone, the birthplace of Hovis


The story of one of Stone’s most famous sons – the creator of Hovis bread – was told on the BBC’s Victorian Bakers this week. The BBC2 programme – which sees four modern bakers plunged back into the world of 19th century baking – told the story of Richard ‘Stoney’ Smith and his invention at The Mill in Stone. Stoney’s ...

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Can you help with details of this Wheatsheaf cup?

Wheatsheaf loving cup

Do you know anything of the history of this cup? It’s a ‘loving cup’ and was bought by chef Paul Gilmore, who runs ‘Gilmore’s at The Wheatsheaf’ in Oulton. The large, ceramic cup says ‘James Waring, Wheat Sheaf Oulton, 1816’. Was the cup produced for the opening of the pub? Was James Waring the first landlord? And why just one ...

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Packed programme of history talks in Stone

Alan Appleby - here with wife Dora and George Clarke - will be talking about the flint mill renovation in February

Some dates for your diary if you’re interested in local history – Stone Historical and Civic Society have a packed programme of talks coming up over the next 12 months. All the talks will be held at St Michael’s Hall in Lichfield Street, starting at 7.30pm. Annual membership of the Society is £15 (which gives free entry to all of the talks), while ...

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