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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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Stone Historical Society 2014/15 programme

There’s a packed programme of talks from Stone Historical and Civic Society in their new programme, which gets under way on Wednesday 17th September. Annual membership costs £15 if you’d like to go along to all of the talks. Guests are more than welcome, however, with an admission charge of £2 per talk. All the talks take place at St ...

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Reunion to mark Lotus closure 40th anniversary

A reunion is being held in Stone in September to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Lotus shoe factory in the town. All former employees are welcome to attend the reunion at Wetherspoons in Stone on 24th September from 7pm. For more information, mail Terry williams on williams.terry93@yahoo.com Lotus was originally named Bostock’s and was founded in ...

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WW1 commemoration service on 3rd August

First World War

The centenary of the start of the First World War will be marked in Stone with a day of commemoration on Sunday 3rd August. From 10.30am there will be an exhibition of items from the First World War associated with Stone at St Dominic’s Social Centre in Station Road, including items from the extensive collection of Stephen Edwards. The social ...

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