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Stone is a market town and civil parish in Staffordshire, England, 7 miles (11 km) north of Stafford, 7 miles (11 km) south of Stoke-on-Trent and 15 miles (24 km) north of Rugeley. It was an urban district council and a rural district council before becoming part of the Borough of Stafford in 1974.

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Stone is a growing town, according to the national census. Stone recorded a population of 12,305 in 1991, 14,555 in 2001, and 16,385 in 2011.

The place-name's meaning is exactly what is stated, a "stone, rock", from the Old English stān (stone).

The local story is that the town was named after the pile of stones taken from the River Trent raised on the graves of the two princes, Ruffin and Wulfad, killed in AD 665 by their father, King Wulfhere of Mercia, because of their conversion to Christianity. However, this legend is unlikely to be true. Wulfhere was already a Christian when he became king, and the story on which it is probably based is set by Bede in another part of the country over ten years after Wulfhere's death.

More recent research points to older, though no less interesting nor tangible, possibilities regarding its name and founding. Around Stone lie several Romano British sites and it is not inconceivable that the stone remains of a bridge or milestone, perhaps continuing the Roman road from Rocester to Blyth Bridge and then potentially through Stone, is alluded to in the name. The settlement of Walton (which now forms a suburb) is ancient Brythonic (Celtic/ancient Briton place name). The most likely derivation for most places called Stone is from a prehistoric megalith, Roman milestone, a natural boulder or rock formation, or from 'a place where stone was obtained' and a Keuper sandstone outcrop on the north side of Stone, long quarried for building materials, may be the topographical feature from which the place was named. It may also be noted that a huge stone or erratic is recorded on Common Plot and in that respect it is unclear whether Stone Field here, one of the open-fields of Stone is 'the field at Stone' or 'the field with the stone'.

There is a Bronze Age ring ditch at Pirehill suggesting occupation in prehistoric times (County Archeology).

Stone lies within the territory of the Iron Age Celtic tribe 'the Cornovii' (people of the horn; perhaps a horned god or topographical feature) mentioned by Ptolemy 2nd century AD in Geographia. To the northwest of Stone lies one of their hill forts which overlooks the Trent and perhaps the salt production in the region.

The early history of Stone is unclear and clouded by the 12th century medieval romance concerning the murder of the Saxon princes Wulfad and Rufin by their father Wulfhere of Mercia who reputedly had his base near Darleston (Wulfherecester). The murder of Wulfad in the 7th century and his subsequent entombment under a cairn of stones is the traditional story (described as 'historically valueless' by Thacker 1985: 6).

The church built over the stones marking the graves of Wulfad and Rufin in 670 lasted until the 9th century before being destroyed by invading Danes. It was replaced in 1135 by the Augustinian Stone Priory, which survived until its dissolution in the reign of Henry VIII. The building collapsed in 1749 and the present church of St. Michael's was built in 1758. All that remains of the original priory is the rib-vaulted undercroft which forms the foundations beneath Priory House, which is located on Lichfield Street opposite the Frank Jordan Community Centre.

North Pirehill Farm

Stone lay within the Pirehill hundred of Staffordshire named after nearby Pire Hill. In 1251, Henry III granted Stone a market charter.

The Common Plot (aka Mudley Pits) is a large area of open and wooded common land sited just to the north of the town of Stone. The Duke of Cumberland built extensive winter fortifications and a camp here, traces of which can still be seen, during the winter of 1745/46. The purpose of the camp was to bring the Duke's army down from the freezing Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District, where they had been seeking to stop an advance on London by a force of 6,000 Jacobite rebels. The rebels were thought to be using pack-horse routes over the high country, with the aim of reaching Derby. Stone was also strategic in preventing any break-away Jacobite group going across to Wales to recruit more men there but with winter coming on, the Jacobites decided to retreat back to Scotland.

Stone Urban District was an urban district. It was based on the Stone civil parish which equates to the town of Stone. There were two amendments in parts of the Stone Rural parish in Stone Rural District were transferred in. The district was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972, and replaced with Stafford Borough Council and Stone Town Council. The latter publishes a history of Stone.

Roads

Stone stands in the valley of the River Trent, and was an important stopping-off point for stagecoaches on one of the roads turnpiked in the 18th century. A directory for 1851 says that Stone was a very lively town, and a great thoroughfare for coaches, carriers and travellers. No fewer than 38 stage coaches passed through the town daily. The main coaching route was the London to Holyhead route, via Watling Street as far as Lichfield and then from Lichfield to Holyhead via the A51.

To support the coaching trade Stone was a principal stopping point with many coaching inns to refresh both horses and travellers. Notable hostelries include the Crown Hotel, Crown & Anchor, Red Lion and the Black Horse Inn.

The Trent and Mersey Canal

Stone - Trent & Mersey Canal
Trent & Mersey Canal at Stone
Lock gates and The Star, Stone

The River Trent, which runs through the town, had been used for cargo-carrying vessels since Roman times but further inland smaller boats could only be used. Seasonal fluctuations in water depth proved insurmountable, although cargo could be carried from the sea as far south as Wilden Ferry (southeast of Derby), where the River Derwent joins the Trent and increases the quantity of water, then onwards by road. Prior to tarmac roads, journeys overland by roads were slow and delicate wares were prone to breakages over the rough terrain.

James Brindley, the canal builder, put forward the scheme to build what he called the Grand Trunk Canal to connect the two rivers, Mersey and Trent in 1766. It was backed by Josiah Wedgwood who saw that it offered an efficient way to bring raw materials to the potteries and to transport finished wares to his customers.

By 29 September 1772 (Brindley died on 27 September), 48 miles of the Grand Trunk Canal (now known as the Trent and Mersey Canal) from Wilden Ferry to Stone was navigable — the length past Burton-on-Trent being completed in 1770.

On completion of the Star Lock a grand opening was held, and during this opening a cannon was fired in celebration. However disaster struck and the cannon damaged the new lock, requiring a re-build.

Stone became the headquarters of the canal company with its office at Westbridge House, sited then below Star Lock on what is now Westbridge Park. The offices were moved later to Stoke-on-Trent.

Brewing industry

The warehouse of Joule's Brewery, on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Stone

Due to the quality of the local water beneath Stone two brewers were located here carrying on the Augustinian monks' tradition of beer making. The most notable was John Joule & Sons Ltd, established in 1780. The company was acquired by Bass Charrington in 1968, and ceased brewing at the end of October 1974. The brewery was demolished in the Autumn of 1977. The adjacent bottling plant was closed some years before. The canal played a great part in the export of beer. Joules once owned a pair of boats that delivered coal to the brewery and as late as the 1950s had the telephone number ‘Stone 1’. Joules' draught beer stores and bottling plant remains an imposing building on the canal and can be clearly identified by the red cross logo of John Joules in the brickwork.

The second brewer was Montgomery & Co, acquired by the Bent's Brewery Co of Liverpool in 1889. The brewery was located on what is now Mount Industrial Estate. It was also taken over by Bass and closed on 31 March 1968. Although the brewing industry in Stone ceased following the closure of Joules and Bents following an aggressive takeover from the nearby Burton upon Trent brewers in the 1960s and 1970s, in recent years it has begun anew with the opening of the Lymestone Brewery in 2008. This family-run microbrewery is based in part of the original Bents brewery.

The Star Inn, Stone

More recently a second microbrewery, trading under the name Joules, dropping the 'John' due to trademark reasons, has begun brewing in Shropshire. A pint of both Lymestone and Joules can be tasted at the Swan Inn; Lymestone Brewery also has their own public house - The Borehole Inn, situated next to the brewery itself.

The Star Public House was fully licensed in 1819 although the building predates the canal by some 200 years. The building has in its time been a butcher’s shop and slaughterhouse. Stabling for boat horses was available up to the 1950s and the business relied heavily on the canal for trade.

Public transport

Main article: Stone railway station

The coming of the railway was to end Stone's era as a coaching and canal town. The North Staffordshire Railway opened its main line from Stoke-on-Trent through Stone to Norton Bridge on 3 April 1848; the following year a branch line from Stone to Colwich began operating.

One industry that did flourish under the railway era was the shoe industry, at its height in 1851 there were 16 shoeworks. The industry however declined after Australia, the main shoe market, imposed an import tax on the industry.

St Michael's Church

Stone Parish Church, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, is at the south end of the town located on what used to be Stone Priory. It was commenced in 1753, and finished in 1758. The present clock dates from 1896.

Christ Church stands on the north side of the town, where the population is still increasing. It was erected in 1839.

The canal still dominates the town. Many canal side sites have in recent times been taken over for modern day use including The Moorings, a development of apartments based on the old Stubbs warehouse. Apartments and housing surround the old Trent Hospital, once the workhouse. Housing developments also border the canal.

Commercial traffic has now been replaced by the leisure craft that pass through Stone each year. The Canal Cruising Company today operates from the historic site of the canal maintenance and boat building operations of the Trent and Mersey Canal Company. This restored docks complex with its workshops, by Yard Lock, continues to be used for the maintenance of pleasure craft and historic boats. In 2010 a new marina opened just south of the town, below Aston Lock, with moorings for pleasure craft, a farm shop and a café.

State education within Stone is based on the three tier school system, with a range of first and primary schools, two middle schools (Walton Priory Middle and Christchurch Academy) and a high school (Alleyne's Academy). Independent education is served by the Catholic St Dominic's Priory School founded with the convent of the same name in the 19th century by Mother Margaret Hallahan when the school was originally known as "Blessed Imelda's Enpension School".

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has its headquarters just south of Stone. Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre just outside the town is a major training centre for the UK telecommunications industry. It is owned by BT Group and run by Accenture.

Stone is the key UK manufacturing site for the Quickfit laboratory glassware system which finds widespread use in many school, college and university science departments.

The National Association of Chimney Sweeps is located in the town.

Rebekah at Stone

The town is home to two football clubs, Stone Old Alleynians F.C. of the North West Counties Football League and Stone Dominoes F.C. of the Staffordshire County Senior League. Both teams share a fully enclosed floodlit stadium at Yarnfield, named Springbank Park. Staffordshire County Cricket Club play Minor Counties Championship matches at Lichfield Road, as do the town's cricket club, Stone Cricket Club.

The Stone Food and Drink Festival takes place the first weekend in October and brings together the very best in local produce and cooking talent. It attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors to the town and runs for one week in total with the 'main event' on the town's Westbridge Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Television

Television news is covered by BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central, both of which come from Birmingham. Stone can receive good to marginal signals from the Sutton Coldfield transmitting station and from The Wrekin transmitting station, which can be received in the higher parts of town.

Radio

Stone's local radio stations are Signal 1 and BBC Radio Stoke, which broadcast from studios in Stoke-on-Trent. However, some parts of the town can also receive Free Radio Black Country and Shropshire, Greatest Hits Radio, BBC WM, BBC Radio Cymru and Heart and Smooth from the West Midlands and North West.

Newspapers

Stone is covered by two daily newspapers, The Sentinel from Stoke-on-Trent and the Express and Star from Wolverhampton. The weekly Staffordshire Newsletter and the bi-monthly Stone and Eccleshall Gazette also cover the town.

Magazines

  • The Stone and Eccleshall Gazette

Community news website

Stone has an independent community news website called A Little Bit Of Stone which delivers up to date news and information for the residents and visitors of Stone. The website is supported by active social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Main article: Stone railway station

Stone railway station, on the West Coast Main Line, serves the town. An hourly semi-fast direct service has been operated by London Midland and West Midlands Trains since 2008. This runs south to London Euston via Stafford and the Trent Valley line, and north to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent. Passenger numbers have risen 152 per cent between 2008 and June 2012 with three more services per day are being planned to cope with demand. Figures for 2019/20 are 184,000 passengers

Stone's main bus service is the First Potteries' route 101 which runs north to Tittensor, Trentham, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent and south to Stafford. It calls at several places in Stone, like the schools. D&G Bus run six local services in and around Stone.

Level crossing, Stone

Two trunk roads go through the town, the A34 linking Birmingham to Manchester and the A51 linking Lichfield to Chester. Stone is by-passed by the M6 motorway.

In recent times cycling north from the town along the canal towpath towards Barlaston Trentham and Stoke-on-Trent is much improved. In June 2012 the local authorities announced a £700,000 scheme to rectify the problem, with new paths. To the south, towards Burston, Weston and Great Haywood the towpath is passable on a bicycle but better suited to a mountain bike rather than a racing bike.

John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent
William Bernard Ullathorne
Jakki Degg

Notable in sport

Chris Birchall, 2010
Joe Clarke 2016
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Stone Staffordshire Language Watch Edit This article s lead section may be too short to adequately summarize the key points Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article July 2021 Stone is a market town and civil parish in Staffordshire England 7 miles 11 km north of Stafford 7 miles 11 km south of Stoke on Trent and 15 miles 24 km north of Rugeley It was an urban district council and a rural district council before becoming part of the Borough of Stafford in 1974 StoneSt Michael s Church StoneStoneLocation within StaffordshirePopulation16 385 2011 census OS grid referenceSJ902342Civil parishStone 1 DistrictStaffordShire countyStaffordshireRegionWest MidlandsCountryEnglandSovereign stateUnited KingdomPost townSTONEPostcode districtST15Dialling code01785PoliceStaffordshireFireStaffordshireAmbulanceWest MidlandsUK ParliamentStoneList of places UK England Staffordshire52 54 N 2 09 W 52 9 N 2 15 W 52 9 2 15 Coordinates 52 54 N 2 09 W 52 9 N 2 15 W 52 9 2 15 Contents 1 Population 2 Etymology 3 History 3 1 Roads 3 2 The Trent and Mersey Canal 3 3 Brewing industry 3 4 Public transport 4 Present day 5 Media 5 1 Television 5 2 Radio 5 3 Newspapers 5 4 Magazines 5 5 Community news website 6 Football 7 Transport 8 Notable people 8 1 Notable in sport 9 Twin towns 10 See also 11 References 12 External linksPopulation EditStone is a growing town according to the national census Stone recorded a population of 12 305 in 1991 14 555 in 2001 and 16 385 in 2011 2 Etymology EditThe place name s meaning is exactly what is stated a stone rock from the Old English stan stone The local story is that the town was named after the pile of stones taken from the River Trent raised on the graves of the two princes Ruffin and Wulfad killed in AD 665 by their father King Wulfhere of Mercia because of their conversion to Christianity 3 However this legend is unlikely to be true Wulfhere was already a Christian when he became king and the story on which it is probably based is set by Bede in another part of the country over ten years after Wulfhere s death More recent research points to older though no less interesting nor tangible possibilities regarding its name and founding Around Stone lie several Romano British sites and it is not inconceivable that the stone remains of a bridge or milestone perhaps continuing the Roman road from Rocester to Blyth Bridge and then potentially through Stone is alluded to in the name The settlement of Walton which now forms a suburb is ancient Brythonic Celtic ancient Briton place name The most likely derivation for most places called Stone is from a prehistoric megalith Roman milestone a natural boulder or rock formation or from a place where stone was obtained 4 and a Keuper sandstone outcrop on the north side of Stone long quarried for building materials may be the topographical feature from which the place was named It may also be noted that a huge stone or erratic is recorded on Common Plot 5 and in that respect it is unclear whether Stone Field here one of the open fields of Stone 6 is the field at Stone or the field with the stone 7 History EditThere is a Bronze Age ring ditch at Pirehill suggesting occupation in prehistoric times County Archeology Stone lies within the territory of the Iron Age Celtic tribe the Cornovii people of the horn perhaps a horned god or topographical feature mentioned by Ptolemy 2nd century AD in Geographia To the northwest of Stone lies one of their hill forts which overlooks the Trent and perhaps the salt production in the region The early history of Stone is unclear and clouded by the 12th century medieval romance concerning the murder of the Saxon princes Wulfad and Rufin by their father Wulfhere of Mercia who reputedly had his base near Darleston Wulfherecester The murder of Wulfad in the 7th century and his subsequent entombment under a cairn of stones is the traditional story described as historically valueless by Thacker 1985 6 The church built over the stones marking the graves of Wulfad and Rufin in 670 lasted until the 9th century before being destroyed by invading Danes It was replaced in 1135 by the Augustinian Stone Priory which survived until its dissolution in the reign of Henry VIII The building collapsed in 1749 and the present church of St Michael s 8 was built in 1758 All that remains of the original priory is the rib vaulted undercroft which forms the foundations beneath Priory House which is located on Lichfield Street opposite the Frank Jordan Community Centre North Pirehill Farm Stone lay within the Pirehill hundred of Staffordshire named after nearby Pire Hill 9 In 1251 Henry III granted Stone a market charter The Common Plot aka Mudley Pits is a large area of open and wooded common land sited just to the north of the town of Stone The Duke of Cumberland built extensive winter fortifications and a camp here traces of which can still be seen during the winter of 1745 46 The purpose of the camp was to bring the Duke s army down from the freezing Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District where they had been seeking to stop an advance on London by a force of 6 000 Jacobite rebels The rebels were thought to be using pack horse routes over the high country with the aim of reaching Derby Stone was also strategic in preventing any break away Jacobite group going across to Wales to recruit more men there but with winter coming on the Jacobites decided to retreat back to Scotland Stone Urban District was an urban district It was based on the Stone civil parish which equates to the town of Stone There were two amendments in parts of the Stone Rural parish in Stone Rural District were transferred in The district was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and replaced with Stafford Borough Council and Stone Town Council The latter publishes a history of Stone 10 Roads Edit Stone stands in the valley of the River Trent and was an important stopping off point for stagecoaches on one of the roads turnpiked in the 18th century A directory for 1851 says that Stone was a very lively town and a great thoroughfare for coaches carriers and travellers No fewer than 38 stage coaches passed through the town daily The main coaching route was the London to Holyhead route via Watling Street as far as Lichfield and then from Lichfield to Holyhead via the A51 To support the coaching trade Stone was a principal stopping point with many coaching inns to refresh both horses and travellers Notable hostelries include the Crown Hotel Crown amp Anchor Red Lion and the Black Horse Inn The Trent and Mersey Canal Edit Main article Trent and Mersey Canal Stone Trent amp Mersey Canal Trent amp Mersey Canal at Stone Lock gates and The Star Stone The River Trent which runs through the town had been used for cargo carrying vessels since Roman times but further inland smaller boats could only be used Seasonal fluctuations in water depth proved insurmountable although cargo could be carried from the sea as far south as Wilden Ferry southeast of Derby where the River Derwent joins the Trent and increases the quantity of water then onwards by road Prior to tarmac roads journeys overland by roads were slow and delicate wares were prone to breakages over the rough terrain James Brindley the canal builder put forward the scheme to build what he called the Grand Trunk Canal to connect the two rivers Mersey and Trent in 1766 It was backed by Josiah Wedgwood who saw that it offered an efficient way to bring raw materials to the potteries and to transport finished wares to his customers By 29 September 1772 Brindley died on 27 September 48 miles of the Grand Trunk Canal now known as the Trent and Mersey Canal from Wilden Ferry to Stone was navigable the length past Burton on Trent being completed in 1770 On completion of the Star Lock a grand opening was held and during this opening a cannon was fired in celebration However disaster struck and the cannon damaged the new lock requiring a re build Stone became the headquarters of the canal company with its office at Westbridge House sited then below Star Lock on what is now Westbridge Park The offices were moved later to Stoke on Trent Brewing industry Edit The warehouse of Joule s Brewery on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Stone Due to the quality of the local water beneath Stone two brewers were located here carrying on the Augustinian monks tradition of beer making The most notable was John Joule amp Sons Ltd established in 1780 11 The company was acquired by Bass Charrington in 1968 and ceased brewing at the end of October 1974 11 The brewery was demolished in the Autumn of 1977 The adjacent bottling plant was closed some years before The canal played a great part in the export of beer Joules once owned a pair of boats that delivered coal to the brewery and as late as the 1950s had the telephone number Stone 1 Joules draught beer stores and bottling plant remains an imposing building on the canal and can be clearly identified by the red cross logo of John Joules in the brickwork The second brewer was Montgomery amp Co acquired by the Bent s Brewery Co of Liverpool in 1889 The brewery was located on what is now Mount Industrial Estate It was also taken over by Bass and closed on 31 March 1968 Although the brewing industry in Stone ceased following the closure of Joules and Bents following an aggressive takeover from the nearby Burton upon Trent brewers in the 1960s and 1970s in recent years it has begun anew with the opening of the Lymestone Brewery in 2008 This family run microbrewery is based in part of the original Bents brewery The Star Inn Stone More recently a second microbrewery trading under the name Joules dropping the John due to trademark reasons has begun brewing in Shropshire A pint of both Lymestone and Joules can be tasted at the Swan Inn Lymestone Brewery also has their own public house The Borehole Inn situated next to the brewery itself The Star Public House was fully licensed in 1819 although the building predates the canal by some 200 years The building has in its time been a butcher s shop and slaughterhouse Stabling for boat horses was available up to the 1950s and the business relied heavily on the canal for trade Public transport Edit Main article Stone railway station The coming of the railway was to end Stone s era as a coaching and canal town The North Staffordshire Railway opened its main line from Stoke on Trent through Stone to Norton Bridge on 3 April 1848 the following year a branch line from Stone to Colwich began operating One industry that did flourish under the railway era was the shoe industry at its height in 1851 there were 16 shoeworks The industry however declined after Australia the main shoe market imposed an import tax on the industry Present day Edit St Michael s Church Stone Parish Church dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel is at the south end of the town located on what used to be Stone Priory It was commenced in 1753 and finished in 1758 The present clock dates from 1896 Christ Church stands on the north side of the town where the population is still increasing It was erected in 1839 The canal still dominates the town Many canal side sites have in recent times been taken over for modern day use including The Moorings a development of apartments based on the old Stubbs warehouse Apartments and housing surround the old Trent Hospital once the workhouse Housing developments also border the canal Commercial traffic has now been replaced by the leisure craft that pass through Stone each year The Canal Cruising Company today operates from the historic site of the canal maintenance and boat building operations of the Trent and Mersey Canal Company This restored docks complex with its workshops by Yard Lock continues to be used for the maintenance of pleasure craft and historic boats In 2010 a new marina opened just south of the town below Aston Lock with moorings for pleasure craft a farm shop and a cafe State education within Stone is based on the three tier school system with a range of first and primary schools two middle schools Walton Priory Middle and Christchurch Academy and a high school Alleyne s Academy Independent education is served by the Catholic St Dominic s Priory School founded with the convent of the same name in the 19th century by Mother Margaret Hallahan when the school was originally known as Blessed Imelda s Enpension School Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has its headquarters just south of Stone Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre just outside the town is a major training centre for the UK telecommunications industry It is owned by BT Group and run by Accenture Stone is the key UK manufacturing site for the Quickfit laboratory glassware system which finds widespread use in many school college and university science departments The National Association of Chimney Sweeps is located in the town 12 Rebekah at Stone The town is home to two football clubs Stone Old Alleynians F C of the North West Counties Football League and Stone Dominoes F C of the Staffordshire County Senior League Both teams share a fully enclosed floodlit stadium at Yarnfield named Springbank Park Staffordshire County Cricket Club play Minor Counties Championship matches at Lichfield Road as do the town s cricket club Stone Cricket Club The Stone Food and Drink Festival takes place the first weekend in October 13 and brings together the very best in local produce and cooking talent It attracts in excess of 20 000 visitors to the town and runs for one week in total with the main event on the town s Westbridge Park on Friday Saturday and Sunday Media EditTelevision Edit Television news is covered by BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central both of which come from Birmingham Stone can receive good to marginal signals from the Sutton Coldfield transmitting station and from The Wrekin transmitting station which can be received in the higher parts of town Radio Edit Stone s local radio stations are Signal 1 and BBC Radio Stoke which broadcast from studios in Stoke on Trent However some parts of the town can also receive Free Radio Black Country and Shropshire Greatest Hits Radio BBC WM BBC Radio Cymru and Heart and Smooth from the West Midlands and North West Newspapers Edit Stone is covered by two daily newspapers The Sentinel from Stoke on Trent and the Express and Star from Wolverhampton The weekly Staffordshire Newsletter and the bi monthly Stone and Eccleshall Gazette also cover the town Magazines Edit The Stone and Eccleshall GazetteCommunity news website Edit Stone has an independent community news website called A Little Bit Of Stone 14 which delivers up to date news and information for the residents and visitors of Stone The website is supported by active social media accounts on Facebook Twitter Instagram and YouTube Football EditStone Old Alleynians F C Stone Dominoes F C Transport EditMain article Stone railway station Stone railway station Stone railway station on the West Coast Main Line serves the town An hourly semi fast direct service has been operated by London Midland and West Midlands Trains since 2008 This runs south to London Euston via Stafford and the Trent Valley line and north to Crewe via Stoke on Trent 15 Passenger numbers have risen 152 per cent between 2008 and June 2012 with three more services per day are being planned to cope with demand Figures for 2019 20 are 184 000 passengers 16 Stone s main bus service is the First Potteries route 101 17 which runs north to Tittensor Trentham Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent and south to Stafford It calls at several places in Stone like the schools D amp G Bus run six local services 18 in and around Stone Level crossing Stone Two trunk roads go through the town the A34 linking Birmingham to Manchester and the A51 linking Lichfield to Chester Stone is by passed by the M6 motorway In recent times cycling north from the town along the canal towpath towards Barlaston Trentham and Stoke on Trent is much improved In June 2012 the local authorities announced a 700 000 scheme to rectify the problem with new paths 19 To the south towards Burston Weston and Great Haywood the towpath is passable on a bicycle but better suited to a mountain bike rather than a racing bike Notable people Edit John Jervis Earl of St Vincent William Bernard Ullathorne Jakki Degg Werburgh died 699 20 an Anglo Saxon princess was born in Stone and died in Trentham James Brindley 1716 1772 21 the Surveyor General of the Trent amp Mersey Canal John Jervis 1st Earl of St Vincent 1735 in Meaford Hall 1823 22 colleague of Lord Nelson victor in a battle Cape St Vincent in 1797 He was buried in the family mausoleum in Stone Earl St Vincent Square in Stone 23 at the south end of the High St is named after him and a monument was erected in the crypt of St Paul s Cathedral Stebbing Shaw 1762 near Stone 1802 24 a cleric local historian and topographer Peter de Wint 1784 in Stone 1849 25 landscape painter featured in the National Gallery William Bernard Ullathorne 1806 1889 26 Roman Catholic Bishop of Birmingham is buried in the Catholic Church in Stone Augusta Theodosia Drane 1823 1894 27 writer and Roman Catholic nun was prioress of the Stone convent 1872 1881 Thomas Smith 1847 in Stone 1919 trade union leader 28 and Liberal politician general secretary of National Union of Boot and Shoe Rivetters and Finishers Frank Clewlow 1885 in Stone 1957 actor director worked in England Scotland Australia 29 amp New Zealand Eva Morris 1885 2000 the oldest 30 person in the world from December 1999 to her death at the Autumn House Nursing Home in Stone in November 2000 aged 114 L T C Rolt 1910 1974 31 author of Narrowboat and several engineering biographies Frank Thomas 1930 in Stone 1988 32 Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton David Warrilow 1934 in Stone 1995 33 actor interprets the works of Samuel Beckett Cedric Price 1934 in Stone 2003 34 35 an architect teacher and writer on architecture Sir William Nigel Paul Cash born 1940 known as Bill Cash 36 is a British Conservative politician and MP for Stone Terry Darlington born c 1940 37 author of Narrow Dog to Carcassonne Narrow Dog to Indian River and Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier A N Wilson born 1950 in Stone 38 writer and newspaper columnist Ian Morris born 1960 39 historian and author of Why the West Rules For Now went to school in Stone Scout Niblett born 1973 in Stone 40 an indie rock musician Jackie Degg born 1978 in Stone 41 former model and page 3 girlNotable in sport Edit Chris Birchall 2010 Joe Clarke 2016 Tom Fishwick 1876 in Stone 1950 an English cricketer played first class cricket for Warwickshire 42 Arthur Fernie 1877 in Stone 1959 an English cricketer played first class cricket for Cambridge University and the Marylebone Cricket Club 43 Billy Tompkinson 1895 in Stone 1968 footballer played for Wolves Rochdale Stockport County and Stoke citation needed Bertie Shardlow 1909 in Stone 1976 44 cricketer boat carpenter and father of Paul Shardlow Russell Flower born 1942 in Stone 45 left handed batsman bowled slow left arm orthodox Paul Shardlow 1943 in Stone 1968 46 an English professional goalkeeper for Stoke City F C and cricket player John James born 1948 in Stone 47 footballer played for Port Vale F C Chester F C and Tranmere Rovers F C made 381 appearances Stan Collymore born 1971 in Stone 48 49 former footballer and TV pundit Keri Lees born 1972 in Stone 50 retired English athlete competed in the 100 amp 400 metres hurdles at the 2000 Summer Olympics Chris Birchall born 1984 51 footballer played for LA Galaxy and internationally for Trinidad and Tobago went to school in Stone Andy Wilkinson born 1984 in Stone 52 defender with Stoke City F C from 1998 Lizzie Neave born 1987 53 Olympic canoeist lived in Stone and trained at the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club Joe Clarke born 1992 54 55 Olympic gold medal winner in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio attended Alleyne s Academy in StoneTwin towns Edit Bagnacavallo ItalySee also EditListed buildings in Stone Staffordshire Listed buildings in Stone Rural Stone MeadowsReferences Edit http www stonetowncouncil gov uk Archived copy Archived from the original on 29 January 2016 Retrieved 14 January 2015 CS1 maint archived copy as title link David Farmer Oxford Dictionary of Saints Oxford University Press 2011 Wulfad see JEPNS 3 1970 1 13 JNSFC 1897 8 XXXII 165 Stone Field 1665 SRO D327215 21 1 9 1798 Act see also StEnc 556 Horovitz D 2003 Nottingham University A Survey of the Place Names of Staffordshire Website of St Michael and St Wulfad s church history page retrieved Jan 2017 Pirehill Hundred History Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire William White Sheffield 1851 Stone Town Council website History of Stone retrieved Jan 2017 a b Barber Norman 2012 Brown Mike Farleigh Ray Smith Ken eds A century of British brewers plus plus 1890 2012 New Ash Green Kent Brewery History Society ISBN 978 1 873966 19 8 OCLC 1043086520 Retrieved 8 July 2020 NACS Website of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps Festival Stone Food amp Drink Stone Food amp Drink Festival A Little bit of Stone website retrieved Jan 2017 All aboard first train in five years 15 December 2008 A Little Bit of Stone hyperlocal new website Passenger Numbers Soar 152 per cent http alittlebitofstone com 2012 05 02 passenger numbers soar 152 per cent Potteries First website Route 101 page retrieved Jan 2017 D amp G Bus website list of services Archived 4 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine retrieved Jan 2017 The Sentinel 700 000 boost for tired towpath http www thisisstaffordshire co uk pound 700 000 boost tired towpath story 16292421 detail story html New Advent website retrieved 29 September 2017 Brindley James Encyclopaedia Britannica 04 11th ed 1911 Marshall John 1823 John Jervis Earl of St Vincent Royal Naval Biography 1 part 1 London Longman and company pp 12 32 Database of Public Monuments and Sculpture retrieved January 2017 Shaw Stebbing Dictionary of National Biography 51 1897 ARTCYCLOPEDIA retrieved 29 September 2017 Ullathorne William Bernard Encyclopaedia Britannica 27 11th ed 1911 Drane Augusta Theodosia Encyclopaedia Britannica 08 11th ed 1911 Ned Newitt website retrieved 29 September 2017 AusStage website retrieved 29 September 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer 3 November 2000 retrieved 29 September 2017 OXFORDSHIRE BLUE PLAQUES SCHEME retrieved 29 September 2017 Catholic Hierarchy org retrieved 29 September 2017 New York Times Obituaries retrieved 29 September 2017 Independent Obituaries retrieved 29 September 2017 Guardian Obituaries retrieved 29 September 2017 Sir William Cash MP website retrieved 29 September 2017 BBC Stoke and Staffordshire retrieved 29 September 2017 Encyclopaedia Britannica retrieved 29 September 2017 Ian Morris website Biography retrieved 3 October 2017 Incendiary Magazine 2009 retrieved 29 September 2017 Askmen website Archived 29 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 29 September 2017 Tom Fishwick at ESPNcricinfo retrieved 31 December 2020 Arthur Fernie at ESPNcricinfo retrieved 31 December 2020 Wisden Obituaries in 1976 ESPNcricinfo retrieved 30 September 2017 ESPNcricinfo retrieved 30 September 2017 NASL Players retrieved 30 September 2017 Stone Staffordshire Barry Hugman s Footballers Retrieved 30 September 2017 liverpoolfc tv retrieved 30 September 2017 Stan of many parts The Guardian 14 March 2004 retrieved 30 September 2017 Sports Reference LLC website retrieved 30 September 2017 BBC News Crown and Anchor Stone Staffordshire 16 June 2006 retrieved 30 September 2017 Soccerbaser retrieved 30 September 2017 Sports Reference LLC 2016 retrieved 30 September 2017 BBC Sport 10 August 2016 retrieved 30 September 2017 SkyNews 11 August 2016 retrieved 30 September 2017External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Stone 1851 description of Stone parish Christ Church The Trent amp Mersey Canal Website of Potteries org Neville Malkin s Grand Tour of the Potteries Retrieved Feb 2017 Has several old pictures drawings and historical narrative about St Michael s Church the Jervis Mausoleum Joule s Brewery and the Railway station Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stone Staffordshire amp oldid 1046874864, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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