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Stone Home Removals.  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.  Stone Home Removals.

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. Stone Home Removals.  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.[citation needed] 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.  Stone Home Removals.

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.  Stone Home Removals.

The Trent and Mersey Canal
Main article: 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. Stone Home Removals.  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.  Stone Home Removals.

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.  Stone Home Removals.

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.  Stone Home Removals.

On completion of the Star Lock a grand opening was held, and during this opening a cannon was fired in celebration. Stone Home Removals.  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.  Stone Home Removals.

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.[11] Stone Home Removals.  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.  Stone Home Removals.

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. Stone Home Removals.  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.  Stone Home Removals.

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 Market Drayton, Shropshire.[12] 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.  Stone Home Removals.

Stone Home Removals.  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  Stone Home Removals.
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.  Stone Home Removals.

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