The parish of Stone extends further than most people imagine and incorporates
other settlements such as Shenstone, Mustow Green, Dunclent, Stanklyn and Hoo
Hoo Brook, more recently known as Hoobrook, is to the west and was partly in the foreign of
Kidderminster. Consisting of a cluster of farms, Dunclent lies
half a mile to the north of the village nucleus. Shenstone, quite an extensive
hamlet in itself, is around 1½ miles to the south.
Based around the church and on the
Bromsgrove road, the centre of the village is two miles from
Kidderminster. Enclosed in 1763, the rich soil has endowed the parish with
advantageous agricultural returns and the inhabitants were traditionally engaged
in the cultivation of potatoes, beans, wheat and barley.
The settlement takes its name from the Stone family who succeeded Herlebald as
principal landowners. Walter Stone is recorded in the 13th century as holding half a knight's fee of William de Beauchamp.
Almost certainly through marriage to a member of the Stone family, William Fitz
Warin was later recorded as owner of the manor, though by 1346 the manor had
passed to Thomas Folliott and it remained in this family until the 17th century.
In 1624 Sir John Folliott sold the manor to the merchant Sir William Courteen.
This family later fell into ruin and Stone was sold to Sir James Rushout. A
century later the manor was sold for £6,500 to the
Kidderminster attorney Joseph Cox. His daughter Mary married Stephen
Beckingham and the manor remained in this family's ownership until it passed to
By the 1870's the manor of Stone was owned by James Holcroft of Red Hill House
Stourbridge and he was succeeded by his brother Charles. A resident of The
Kingswinford, he was created a baronet in 1905 and became lord of the manor
Dunclent was a separate manor and takes its name from the Dunclent
family, lords of the manor during the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1655 the manor
was sold to Thomas Foley and it remained in this family until the 1830's when it
was acquired by the Earl of Dudley.
Shenstone was closely tied with Stone through the ownership by the
aforementioned Richard Folliott and Sir William Courteen.
The name of Mustow Green is thought to derive from the fact that troops were
once mustered on the village green during the English Civil War.
Replacing an older building, the Church of St. Mary was constructed in 1831 and
extended in 1899. The ashlar building is 15th century in style. The west tower
is in two stages with diagonal stepped buttresses, a plain parapet with corner
pinnacles and an octagonal stone spire. In 1832 the belfry was fitted
with six bells, cast by Thomas Mears of London.
The church is noted for its rich stained glass which illustrates
Christ appearing to the disciples by Lake Tiberius. The glass is the work of
Charles Eamer Kempe. Although the church dates from 1831, the chancel was not
added until 1899. The interior features two 17th century brasses in memory of a
former vicar, Will Spicer.
In the grounds of the church stands a pedestal with an elegant urn, the work of
William Hollins in 1863.
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Worcestershire County Council
“Hermit hoar in solemn cell,
Wearing out life's evening grey,
Strike thy bosom, Sage and tell
What is bliss, and which the way.
Thus I spoke, and speaking sighed,
Scarce repressed the starting tear,
When the hoary sage replied,
'Come, my lad, and drink some beer.”
1876 Post Office Directory
Stone is a pariah, 2 miles south-east from Kidderminster station, and
north from Hartlebury station, on the Great Western railway, in the Western
division of the county, Lower Halfshire hundred, union and county court district
of Kidderminster, rural deanery of Kidderminster, and archdeaconry and diocese
of Worcester. The church of St. Mary is a stone building, erected In 1831, on
the site of an older church: it has a tower, containing 6 bells, and surmounted
by a tapering spire. The register dates from the year 1601. The living is a
vicarage, but the vicar has the great tithes, which are commuted at £718 yearly,
with 96½ acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the
Rev. William Frederic Bickmore, A.K.C,, formerly vicar of Kenilworth. Here is a
school for the children of the inhabitants, endowed by the Rev. Richard Hill in
1730. Here are charities of about £300 yearly value, left for the purpose of
repairing the church, the relief of the poor, and other good and charitable
uses. Hoo Brook is a hamlet, where there is a worsted mill belonging to Messrs.
Crabtree Brothers, of Kidderminster. Here is also an Infant school, erected in
1872, for the accommodation of this portion of Stone parish, and in connection
with the Endowed school near the church. Shenstone is a populous hamlet, about
1½ miles south from the church. James Holcroft, esq., of Stourbridge, is lord of
the manor and principal landowner. The Earl of Dudley owns Dunclent and Dugards.
The soil is loamy; subsoil, sandstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley and
potatoes. The area is 2,450 acres of fertile land; rateable value, £6,100. 14s.
8d.; the population in 1871 was 553.
Bickmore Rev. William Frederic, Vicarage
Gough Mrs. Dunclent
Horn Miss, Horn Grove
Howard Henry, J.P. Stone House
Perrins Thomas, Spennells House
Baylis George, Farmer, Pottmore
Cole William, Blacksmith
Cooper Benjamin, Farmer, Green Lane
Crabtree Brothers, Worsted Spinners
Crewe Solomon, Farmer, Stone Court
Crump John, Farmer, Potmore
Dutton John, Blacksmith, Stanklin
Evans William, Wheelwright, Stanklin
Gough Elizabeth, Farmer, Dunclent
Lawley James Mrs., Farmer, Dunclent
Oatley Daniel, Grocer/Schoomaster Hoo Brook
Sanger James, Boot Maker, Hoo Brook
Timmis John, Crown, Hoo Brook
Tipper Sidney, Stone Mason, Hoo Brook
White Thomas, Farmer, Hoo Farm
Wild Thomas, Farmer, Stanklin
Boulter Thomas, Farmer
Clymer William, Farmer
Everton John, Farmer
Griffin George, Farmer
Grove George, Farmer
Hatton William, Blacksmith
Jordan Edward, Beer Ret/Wheelwright
Merrick Robert, Farmer
Moule Thomas, Farmer
Pardoe Mary Mrs, Hare & Hounds
Tyler George Farmer