Living in Stone
Just 7 miles north of Stafford and another 7 south of Stoke is the pretty market town of Stone.
Nestled along the banks of the River Trent, Stone offers superb schools, convenient commuting to Manchester, Birmingham and London, its own Lawn Tennis Club and a wonderful community feel that residents rave about.
In short, whether you choose to live there for work, for leisure, for family or for everything in between, Stone really does have it all.
Fabulous for Families
Stone is an extremely popular area for families thanks to a wide choice of highly rated schools, brilliant leisure facilities and the most beautiful Staffordshire countryside on your doorstep. The vast Westbridge Park is set in a stunning canal and riverside location and offers peaceful wildlife-enriched areas and enjoyable riverside walks. The Council has even begun creating a small meadow area that will benefit bees and butterflies.
Stone is a bit of a culinary mecca. On the first Saturday of every month, Stone Market Square hosts Staffordshire’s largest Farmers’ Market. With its incomparable reputation and loyal following, the market features over 50 stalls selling the very best in local meat, fish, produce and crafts. And then there is the annual Stone Food & Drink Festival - on the first weekend in October, you'll find live cookery demonstrations, talks, tastings, a beer tent, music and pop-up restaurants.
Eating and Drinking
Stone’s historic Georgian high street boasts the perfect mix of traditional bakers, butchers and greengrocers’ shops, local stores and pubs. For eating out, why not mix traditional with Stateside at Oatcakes ‘n’ Shakes, try Orme & Devine for delicious bakes and cakes, Italian at Piazza d’Italia, Mexican at Chico’s, pub grub at The Poste, or gastropub food at The Wayfarer. Stone provides options to suit everyone’s taste.
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Schools in Stone
Stone has a range of excellent educational offerings. Co-educational secondary Alleyne’s Academy has incredible facilities, boasting AstroTurf pitches and a swimming pool. Yarlet is a private prep school of high renown, as are Stone’s local primary schools - Christchurch, St Michael’s, Pirehill, St Dominic’s and Manor Hill. Secondary schools Walton Priory and St Dominic’s Priory also have excellent Ofsted ratings.
Stone is ideally situated for nationwide travel and also for daily commuting. The motorway network is easily accessed at junction 14 of the M6 from the A34 Stafford/Newcastle Road. The pretty Stone railway station offers a direct train service to Manchester in under an hour and to London Euston in less than two. There are also plenty of bus services throughout the Stone area giving more local access.
Steeped in a rich and colourful history, Stone is proud of its heritage. The sons of Wulfhere, King of Mercia during the Saxon occupation of England in the seventh century, were murdered by their father for converting to Christianity in 665 AD. As was the Saxon tradition, the princes were buried under a pile of stones where St Michael's Church now stands and, years later, the town that built up around the burial site was named Stone.
Shopping in Stone
Stone’s pedestrianised town centre offers a blend of well-known high street retailers together with independent shops, boutiques and specialist stores. From jewellery and fashion to tool kits and beauty treatments, bikes and accessories, artwork and children’s clothes, there is so much to choose from. The town markets are also a regular feature of the High Street - visiting every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.