The traditional and bustling Market town of Stone is situated off the A34 in Staffordshire, just 8 miles from the county town of Stafford. Stone is steeped in a long and colourful history as a canal town, situated midway along the Trent and Mersey Canal. On the first Saturday of every month, the popular farmers market visits the town, attracting many visitors looking for speciality produce. There is a Craft and Collectables Market on every Third Saturday and other themed markets appear during the year. The town Markets are also a regular feature in the High Street - visiting Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stone is known as The Food and Drink Capital for a good reason, as the diverse choice of cuisine is excellent - offering a wide range of choice, from traditional home cooked food through to Indian, Thai, Chinese, Italian and fine specialist dishes. Adding to the vibrancy of Stone - various events take place throughout the year, including the Stone Festival held annually in June and the highly successful Food and Drink Festival which takes place in October.
Brewood dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and became a notable market town following the Norman Conquest. The town's national significance declined during the 19th century, having been greatly affected by the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. On the positive side, today's village has changed relatively little since then, although the population has expanded. Brewood retains its original character and has been designated a Conservation Area. There are many listed buildings: half-timbered old houses and cottages in the traditional black-and-white style, lie alongside dignified houses of the Georgian and Queen Anne period. It is difficult to isolate any for special mention, but Dean Street is particularly appealing, providing a very attractive setting for the Parish Church of St Mary, the Virgin, and St. Chad. Brewood is much loved by canal folk and pleasure cruisers. The Shropshire Union Canal (also designated as a Conservation Area) runs through the village, which offers a unique route to the walled city of Chester. The village provides a pleasing selection of shops and public houses, as well as restaurants and tea rooms. There are many local attractions, and events all year round.
Great Haywood is a village in central Staffordshire, just off the A51 and about four miles from Rugeley and approximately 6 miles from the county town of Stafford Great Haywood lies on the River Trent, where the Trent is met by its tributary, the River Sow. The village is also the site of a significant junction of the English inland canal network, Haywood Junction, where the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal meets the Trent and Mersey Canal. The waters around the village are widely regarded by guidebooks as some of the most attractive on the network. There are two churches, each of which has an attached school. St. John's RC School was classed as 'Good' in their most recent Ofsted inspection, and Anson CE School was deemed to be 'Outstanding'. Great Haywood is the site of Essex Bridge one of the largest surviving packhorse bridges in the country which stands over the River Trent near Shugborough Hall where Lord Lichfield previously resided. It borders Cannock Chase, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1958. The Village has a number of local amenities including the village shop, Pub, post office, pharmacy and Doctors surgery.
The village is approximately 8 miles east of the town of the county town of Stafford and 9 miles south west of Uttoxeter. There are railway stations from Both Stafford and uttoxeter. The nearest main roads are the A518 which skirts north of the village, and the A51 which runs to the west. The village has a number of amenities including the local shop with post office, fish and chip and Chinese take away. There are a number of schools as well as churches and Pubs. A popular family orientated village which includes Beavers, cubs and scouts organisations for the kids as well as the village hall for numerous activities for all ages.
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