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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?

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

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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Call for opinions on plans to revamp county archives

Visitors to Stone farmers’ market on Saturday 1st August will be able to to have their say on plans to deliver a new vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Heritage Service. The new vision for the service sets out how the 10 million historical records, 27,000 objects, 43,000 photographs and 1,800 works of art documenting the county’s past will be preserved ...

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Churn lid unearthed at Norton Bridge is from Saxon times

Archaeologists have discovered that a wooden butter churn lid unearthed at a major rail development near Stone (more HERE) is from the Saxon period. Evidence of prehistoric activity had been uncovered in the same area of the site at Norton Bridge, and archaeologists believed the butter churn could be from the same period. However, radiocarbon tests have revealed the lid of the butter churn ...

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Historic Stone water mill opens up to the public

One of Stone’s most historic buildings has started its summer programme of monthly open days. Mosty Lea Water Mill is the last surviving intact bone/flint water mill of the 11 mills which used to be in the Moddershall Valley. Its origins as a mill date back to 1716 (and perhaps even earlier) when it was a cloth mill. Later in the century ...

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