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New Article: The Wake, the Stone Cross and the Chapel
This paper seeks to establish links between three features of Stonnall history that are all now lost. These are: Stonnall Wake
, which was an annual village festival that seems to have been abandoned in 1939; a stone cross
, which was located somewhere in the middle of the road in Upper Stonnall; and St Peter's Chapel
, which was Stonnall's late-mediæval place of worship. (Pictured: St Peter's Chapel, Shenstone, formerly of Stonnall.) Read more...
New Article: How the Burtons Came to Stonnall, by Desmond Burton
As you drive down through Main Street, Stonnall, past the shops and just before the bend by the old smithy it's easy to miss the small group of newish up-market houses in a cul-de-sac on your left. This is Garnet Close, the most obvious reminder of, and memorial to, Garnet Burton (1891-1984), who made a significant contribution to the Stonnall community for over 50 years of the 20th century. (Pictured: Garnet and Florence Burton at Lower Farm, Stonnall, in 1956.) Read more...
Rev William Hutchinson
Thanks to Desmond Burton, who unearthed a newspaper clipping, we now have good biographical information relating to Rev William Hutchinson, the second Vicar of Stonnall.
He was the third son of Rev William Hutchinson, BD, Rector of Newton Heath, Lancashire, and was a scholar and exhibitioner of Sidney College, Cambridge. He took his degree in 1878.
Ordained deacon by the Bishop of Liverpool, Dr J C Ryle in 1881 and then as priest in 1882, he was a curate at St Andrews, Southport from 1881 to 1883 and at Shenstone from 1883 to 1892. He was appointed Vicar of Stonnall in 1893, succeeding Rev James Downes. He remained in the post for the next 28 years and died in 1921. He is buried in the churchyard at St Peter's Church, Stonnall.
The list of mourners and wreath layers is quite interesting:-Mr and Mrs J Myatt Mr G H Boulton Miss Wright Mrs Scott Mrs Vaughan Miss Vaughan Mr J Brawn (Sandhills) Mrs J J Smith (Lynn) Mr and Mrs R Mentz Tolly Miss Beeston (Shenstone) Mr H Aldridge (Walsall Wood) Mr and Mrs T Craddock (Shire Oak) Miss Shaw (Aldridge) Mr and Mrs R W Brown Mrs T Brown Mr Simkins and Miss Simkins Mrs W D Oakley junr Mrs S WoodhouseMr W D Oakley (churchwarden) Messrs G Horton E Whitehouse J Mills senr and J Griffiths represented the Bible ClassThe schoolchildren were also present with Mr Hall (assistant schoolmaster) and Miss Cooper Mr and Mrs J Brawn (Sandhills) Mr and Mrs Furmston Mr and Mrs J J Smith (Lynn) Miss E Ensor Mr and Mrs T Brown Mr and Mrs W R BrownMrs Vaughan and family Mr and Mrs Oakley and family Mr G A Wright and Miss G Wright
Thornes Hall Farm
This photo, showing the unredeveloped Thornes Hall Farm, would appear to date from the late 70s/early 80s. Note the Old Vicarage and Ormside House in the background. The vicarage still has its pebble-dash exterior finish.
Before St Peter's Close
This photo, dating from the early 1980s, shows part of the original route of the footroad between Church Lane and Main Street. In the foreground and into the distance to the right, it also shows part of the undeveloped Wallong field where village kids played cricket and football in the 1950s and 60s. On the far side of the boundary hedge, the present-day playing field is shown. This view is now impossible because of building development at St Peter's Close.
Early Westwick Close
This is Fred Middleton in 1963, having recently moved in with his wife, Dorothy, to a brand new house in Westwick Close. Fred had his work cut out, because here he was trying to get his unfenced garden sorted out with just a few stakes as a guide. This photo was taken several years before the shops were built on a plot somewhat to the right of this field of view. Look in the distant background where the solitary tree of Grove Hill is visible. To the right, the houses of the Ring that were completed in 1957 are visible.
Stonnall Artist Remembered
Vic Nicholls was a major artistic talent in Stonnall in the 1950s and 60s. We will be publishing a retrospective of his life and work in the near future.
Old Photo of the Manor House
This photo depicts a hunt with a crowd of onlookers outside the Manor House, Stonnall, in about 1900.