English Heritage Reunion- Report to Members
A record of where we went, what we did, what we saw and who was in our group. It is organized by the 12 Shires we visited.
I returned midnight Friday from a spectacular 12 day tour to Stone family sites!
Saturday and Sunday I could not accomplish anything but unpack and rest. Friday I was up at 5AM in our London hotel [Harrington Hall - very nice] to take our private coach at 6:15 to Gatwick. Due to a mix up with my luggage, missed my connection from Chicago to South Bend and had to wait another 3 hours. When I did crawl in bed at midnight, I was up for 24 hours counting the 5 hour time difference.
John and I both had a bunch of medical appointments Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so no time to do much on reporting about our trip. I have been thinking of the best way to report the details. Have decided to divide the subject into three sections; first, who went and where we went; second; what we saw and did and finally, impressions, new finds, some ideas for further research.
There were 9 plus driver in our group. Our driver was Michael Wilson from Wales. His knowledge of local English history and mine of family history co-coordinated very well. Our group consisted of James and Arlene Stone of Chicago [he is Executive of the Boy Scouts in the Chicago region]; Richard and Barbara Stone of Providence, RI [retired school executive], Thomas and Mary Stone of Hawaii [retired] and brother of Richard above. Lois Barber of California and her sister June Baker of Wisconsin [both widows and retired]. Richard and Barbara had been in England over 30 years ago but other than that no one else had traveled in England [ This was my 4th trip; two on business 40 years ago and a vacation week in London and Paris 11 years ago]
I will report the places we visited by Shires.
- LANCASHIRE: Manchester, Bolton, Leland, Bretherton, Much Hoole, Croston and Carrhouse. CHESHIRE: Chester:
- THE COTSWOLD COUNTRY; GLOUCESTERSHIRE: We toured Blenheim Palace [outstanding] .
- WORCESTERSHIRE: Milton Keynes, Bewdley, Kidderminster, Tickenhill Manor and Stone Village.
- BEDFORDSHIRE: Aspley-Guise, Ridgmont, Segenho.
- CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Kings College and Chapel.
- SUFFOLK: Little Thurlow.
- ESSEX: Ardleigh, Great Bromley, and Wivenhoe House Hotel and Conference Center on campus of University of Essex [outskirts of Colchester, England's oldest recorded town]. KENT: Toured Hever Castle, near Edenbridge.
- SUSSEX: Framfield, Lewes, Brighton and Rusper.
- SURREY: Ockley.
- MIDDLESEX: London. I visited selected churches and guilds in the "old city". Also,the libraries at Guild Hall, Society of Genealogists and British Library.
We arrived in Manchester about 8:15 AM Tuesday, September30th. After clearing immigration and customs we gathered our baggage. We then went looking for our chartered coach with driver/guide. Once on board, our driver/guide, Mike Wilson from Wales took us on a tour of the city and explained some of its history and current affairs. We stopped at the Manchester Cathedral which was the scene of christening, marriages and funerals for many Stone families of Manchester and from outlying parishes, such as Bolton. On our visit to the Cathedral Book Stone we were given a book on the history of this church. We learned that the parish has just hired an archivist and will soon be able to help us search for family records.
|St. Michael's Hoole, Lancashire |
"If you spend time in the Cathedral, particularly in the Choir, what is most palpable is the sense of time passing. 500 years isn't that long on the big historical sca1e but 500 years still carries 20 generations. Rub your hand gently over the worn details such as the lion or the dragon and in a literal sense you share a precise space with thousands of other hands. Here, the past, and its population, is up front and in your face." [Source: from a web site]
Once a small village is now a major city adjacent to Manchester. We went right through Bolton and several other towns, such as Wigan. Standish and Chorley which are very familiar to anyone searching the Lancashire Stone families. We did not make any stops along the way to our destination.
|Special Communion Service in church and silver service donated by Stone family 1628. |
CROSTON, MUCH HOOLE AND BRETHERTON and ULTIMATELY OUR ANCESTRAL HOME, CARRHOUSE
The three villages are only 3 or 4 miles apart from one another. There is not much to see beyond a main street with several stores, rail road tracks and bridges, rivers. There along side a country road we came upon St. Michael's church. This church was built in 1628, the gift of Andrew and Thomas Stone, to the people of Croston ,Much Hoole and Bretherton. Following a tour of the church, the Rector, Steven Hughes, assisted by Stanley Pickles, served our group communion from the silver goblets and plate donated by the Stone family. A very impressive and moving xperience. We learned that Thomas and Andrew had also built a manor house for the Rector and so we were led down country roads until we came upon that place. The owner, Mr. David Burney, saw us peaking through his windows and graciously came to the door and told of the history of the manor house. It is located on a branch of the Ribble River which flows into the Irish Sea. A dredged canal leads to the port city of Preston. Next we arrived at the ancestral home Carr House, now owned by a just married, lovely couple, Clive and Jane Elphicks They served us wine and tea and gave us a guided and narrated tour of the entire house. The local historian and Carr House history expert [she is writing a book on the history of Carr House], Linda Taylor accompanied us on the tour and brought many artifacts for our viewing. We then all went to the Leyland Jarvis Hotel for dinner.
We stopped to visit this historic city and toured the Chester Cathedral which stands on the site of a 10th Century Saxon Church. As we walked up the hilly main street, we noticed the black and white buildings with a 2nd and 3rd story projecting out over the first. Our guide explained that this construction was inspired by lower taxes for the shops of the upper floors! At the head of this street stood St. Peter's Church, founded AD 907, the Guild Church of the Freemen and Guilds of the Citv of Chester. We are presently securing the wills of a John, Thomas, Robert and William Stone from the Chester Record Office to determine any connection with "our" Stone family.
THE COTSWOLD COUNTRY
Our trip from Chester to Milton Keynes took us through the beautiful Cotswold Country. "Centered on the gentle slopes of the Cotswold Hills, this beautiful area is famous for the tranquility of its villages, many scarcely altered since they grew up on the prosperity of the medieval wool trade. The greater part of the Cotswolds lies in Gloucestershire but it also reaches into Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. In an area once given over almost entirely to sheep farming. Many of the fine churches and manor-houses owe their existence to the generosity of wealthy 14th and 15th century yeoman farmers and wool merchants. The dignified villages gain much of their charm from the use of the warm, honey -coloured limestone which was locally quarried and used alike for humble cottages, mansions and churches. Never far from sight, numerous streams wind through the valleys and chatter alongside main streets. "[Source: Cotswold Country, A Salmon Camera colour Guide]
While there are many related Stone families who lived in the Cotswold Country, we had no family history stops scheduled. We did stop to shop in one of the market towns which was having their market day. Another very interesting stop was to tour the magnificent 18th century Blenheim Palace, set in a vast park. Built by Sir John Vanburgh it was a gift from the nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in recognition of his victories over the French. It was also the birthplace and residence of Winston Churchill who was the 11th Duke of Marlborough.
Bewdlev is the home town of Symond Stone, father of William Stone of Ridgmont/Segenho. In his will of 1557, Symond names his 4 sons, William, Edward, George and Robert and daughter Christian. In 1542, Symond is asked by William Thynne to undertake the duties of paymaster for repairs of the king’s house at Tickenhill. He bequeathed to his son William one house on Wyer Hill and gave to son William the house he now dwells in that is called the Crowne. Also he gave William one lease that he had of Hughe James ground. These and other properties and leases given to the other sons indicate that Symond Stone was prosperous. We drove by Tickenhill Manor, just to see this historic home, now privately owned. Prince Arthur, son of Henry VIII, by proxy, married Catherine of Argone in the manor's chapel in 1499. Following Prince Arthur's death, his widow Catherine married Henry VIII, which marriage caused Henry VIII to declare the churches of Enaland independent of the Roman Catholic Poce's authority.
There is a Village of Stone, near Tickenhill Manor, in this ancient village there is Stone Manor. It has been owned by various members of the Stone family since 1259. Today, Stone Manor is a beautiful Hotel and conference center.
After meeting our local host, Mike Fleetwood, at St. Anne's church in the middle of Bewdley's main street, we proceeded to St.Leonard's at Ribbesford. This was Symond Stone's church. The church dates from about 1100. John Lewis, Rector of St. Leonard's was one of the witnesses to Symond Stone's will in 1557. Eleanor Cowper, whose daughter Christine married Symond Stone, was buried in Ribbesford and left funds for the repair of St. Leonard's Church.
|High Tea in Ridgmont/Segenho, Bedford |
Here we made visits to Asplev-Guise and Ridgmont/Segenho. Segenho was the ancient name for the village now called Ridgmont. Our visit takes us to three churches - the ruins of the ancient church at Segenho, now used as a mortuary chapel, the old churchyard being maintained as a burial ground; the church of All Saints, erected and consecrated in 1854-5 in Ridgmont and St. Botoloh's in Asplev-Guise. The Rector, Graham Bradshaw very kindly arranged for Blue Badge Tourist Guide [the Rolls-Royce of Tourist Guides] Ann Leaver to escort us on this visit, since he was away on annual leave.
St. Botolooh's was the church where the Stone's of Segenho manor worshiped after the Segenho church fell into ruins.
Another interesting Stone connection is that of a William Stone who was Vicar of St. Botoloph's from 1582 to 1598. He died in 1617. His father was Richard Stone of Ho/me-by-the-Sea in Norfolk. In book II of "The Family of John Stone, one of the original settlers of Guilford. CT", by Truman Lewis Stone, published in 1898,. The Stone Coat of Arms is printed and opposite this Description of Coat of Arms. "In the Church of St. Marv de Holme-bv-the-Sea, against the east pillar of the Nave, a mural monument stands bearing the effigies of Richard Stone and Clemens, his wife; behind him are seven sons, and behind her six daughters, all kneeling with the Arms of Stone-Argent. These are three Cinque-foils sable, a chief of Azure, impalingbarry of six argent and sable, a band over all azure. There is no explanation or indication of a connection with the other Stone's with this Coat of Arms. Further, the description given by Burke is entirely different. In Asplev-Guise, very near the church are two large manor houses - one is called Asplev House and the other Guise House. Both were owned by the Stone family, either William, the Vicar or one of his relatives. I do believe William of Segenho, Richard of Norfolk and William of Aspley-Guise are some how connected but as yet I have not found a definitive answer.
We did experience one of the really great highlights of our trip - English High Tea in the home and garden of George Blakeman of Ridgmont. His daughter, Penelope and her husband, Gerry Miller live across the street from my home in Baroda. MI. George invited us several months ago and the day finally came when he welcomed us to his lovely home and garden. After George told us a bit of the history of the town, parish and his house, a renovated old water mill, we adjourned to the dining room where he, assisted by his neighbors, Janet and Richard Mann gave us a champagne toast and served English High Tea. It was a very special event!
One of the high points was our bus tour through the campus of the University. We stopped to visit the KI NGS Chapel. What a beautiful building! Awe inspiring! One wonders how many of our family attended services in this building. Our next stop was at the parish of Little Thurlow, the home of Sir Stephen Soame and his wife Ann Stone Soame, she being the daughter of William Stone of Segenhoe. There is a memorial consisting of an effigy of Sir Stephen and his wife lying side by side. Over this is a large brass plaque which gives the names of their 6 sons and 5 daughters and their husbands/wives. They had 22 grandchildren. The brass was up high and very difficult to read. One of our men climbed up on something and with another holding a flash light, he dictated into my tape recorder, the words. I have not had a chance to transcribe that yet.
You may remember that Little Thurlow is where the gold signet ring of William Stone was found which came into the possession of Alastair Scott-Vil/iers. One of the projects of Sir Stephen was the building of ALM HOUSES. He died before completion but Lady Ann continued that project.
These Aim Houses are now being restored and renovated into one or more homes by a young couple who are very good friends of Alistair and Patta Scott-Villiers o( Sussex University. I have pictures of the church at Little Thurlow, the brass memorial and the Aim Houses. I will publish them later.
We were met at the door of St. George's in Great Bromley by Father Nicholas Spicer [may or may not be from "our" Spicer line - something to work at when we have time]. There is no known connection between the Simon and Gregory Stone's back in England but there were a few inter-marriages several generations later in the colonies. We have quite a few members of our Association from these lines which is why I included this stop on our trip. A group of about 40 S&G descendants traveled in 2000 to Great Bromley. The Stone Association donated in 1904 a stained glass window to St. George's to commemorate the S& G immigration. This same group has created a 501 (c) (3) organization “The Societv for the Preservation of Ancient Churches, Inc.” to receive tax efficient donations toward the cost of the Restoration and development work that is going on within St. George's.
Father Spicer arranged with some of the members to have tea for our group when we arrived about 3:30 PM following our stops at King’s Chapel and Little Thurlow. He then took us to Ardleigh. The United Parishes of Ardleigh and the Bromleys are served by Rector: Father Nicholas Spicer. We were told that the farmers, Simon and Gregory Stone farmed land in Ardleigh parish and sometimes worshipped there.
We made our way to the Wivenhoe House Hotel_and Conference Center on the campus of University of Essex, which is on the outskirts of Colchester. England's oldest recorded town.
|Effigy and Brass Memorial to Sir Steven Soame and wife, Anne Stone, Little Thurlow, Suffolk. |
We made our way from Colchester. over major roads and through the outskirts of London, over the Thames River. then south to FRAMFIELD, near UCKFIELD.
Northeast of Lewes and Brighton. On the way we stopped to tour HEVER CASTLE, near East Grinstead. This was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn which dates from the year 1270.We marveled at the restoration work undertaken by William Waldolf Astor in the early 1900.
St. Thomas a Becket is the parish church of Framfield. Blackbovs and Palehouse Common. Rev. Eric Dore is the Vicar and received us very graciously, even though we had no prior rrangement. The central aisle of the Nave is paved with seven large Sussex marble slabs of the Stone familv dating from 1717 to 1838. I recorded each slab but have not had time to transcribe. I believe they were also photographed. According to the pedigree of the Stone family of Framfield, Thomas Stone's wife was Elizabeth or Jane, daughter of Warnett of Framfield reign ofHenry VII. This extensive pedigree displays the cinquefoil arms of Simon Stone of Bewdley and William Stone of Segenho. The pedigree included NICHOLAS, THOMAS AND JOHN STONE. It is noted that Nicholas [wife Joan] died in August, 10th year of Elizabeth and is buried in Uckfield Chacel.
We decided to skip LEWES until Sunday. We checked into our Briqhton Hotel and began a well deserved rest. Briqhton is a resort location, so we just enjoyed the sites and shopping. Our bus picked us up at 9 AM and we had a truely beautiful ride along the coast from Briqhton to Seaford and then north to LEWES.
After our glorious sea coast travel from Brighton to Seaford and then to Lewes, we stopped and began our search for the "CI iffe House" of Andrew Stone [d. 1595] and wife Jane Boucher. They had three sons George, Simon and Peter. We found the church of St. Thomas in Cliffe. At first we were confused as we thought Cliffe may have reference to the surrounding hills but on reading a little history it is clear that "Cliffe" was a village on the River Ouse [see bookstore location on map]. We located St. Thomas a Becket. The Parish Church of Framfield. Blackbovs and Palehouse Common. According to the Sussex Archaeological Collections, related to the History and Antiquities of the County, Vol. IV, pages 291-304. Coats of arms displayed in the church are PECKHAM OF ARCHES; ISTED; WARNETT OF HEMPSTEAD; STONE; STAPLEY; AND HODGSON.
STONE, OF NEW PLACE: "This is one of the oldest names in the Registers, and the only family who has a representative in the parish in the present day. A marriage of Stone with Anne Warnett, of Hempstead, is recorded under the date of 1535. No circumstances of particular interest are to be noted of this family: Their mansion of New Place, probably on the site of one more ancient, is of the late Tudor date, but now reduced in size, and occupied by farm servants; it has very massive chimneys; and the mullions of the kitchen window are of great substance, in oak. The farms of New Place. Stone Bridae. and Gate House. which last was till lately the property of Robert Stone, Esq., and now all in the possession of William T. Stone, Esq., the last of his race, and unmarried." [Copied from page 301, Sussex Archaeological Collections, mdcccli]
The Parish Church has five ledge stones.
- Elizabeth Whalley, second daughter of Sir Herbert Sprigett, 1660.
- Sir Herbert Sprigett, Bart. 1661 [Sprigett, with the Badge of Ulster]
- Elizabeth, wife of Richard Wynne. Quarterly of four.1. Wynne., 2.Griffith., 3.Collwyn., 4., Vaughan Imp ailing Quarterly four., 1. Campion., 2., Campion of London., 3., Stone., 4. Thorne.
- Lady Elizabeth Campion, wife of Sir William Campion, daughter and co-heir of Sir William Stone of London. Quarterly 1 &4 Stone. 2&3 Thorne
- Richard Wynne, Wynne impaling Campion.
We did not visit this church. Material above copied from [Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol. LXX, 1929, pages 160-163]
At 4 PM on Sunday, October 5th, we met Palla Scott-Vill/iers, whose husband Scott is in possession of the gold signet ring of Will/iam Stone of Segenho. All of our group met with Patta and marveled at the gold ring which she brought with her for us to try on. It was truly beautiful. It was for a smaller finger than usual for a man, so we surmised that it might have been made for Anne Stone Soame, daughter of William Stone. Patta joined us for some "pints" and fish and chips for dinner. Her good friends are the young couple restoring and renovating the "Alms Houses" at Little Thurlow. originally constructed by Sir Stephen Soame and continued after his death by Lady Anne. Her husband Scott was unable to get away from an UN assignment in Ethiopia. Both are associated with Sussex Universitv, from which my neighbors, Gerry and Penelope Miller graduated. Penny's father George Blakeman hosted HIGH TEA on our visit to Ridgmont/Segenho.
Monday morning we left Briqhton headed for RUSPER AND OCKLEY which are only about 12 miles apart. I noticed that we would travel near Hurstpierpoint where I insisted we make a stop, even though it was not scheduled. I remembered this name from recent research in the Dannv Manuscriots which also made reference to Sir George Goring and Sir Robert Stone. Since time was short and this stop was not scheduled, we decided that I should go to the local librarv and the rest of the group would hunt for the parish church. The library did not open until 10 AM but the town offices in the same building were opened. I said I was just looking for a book on the History of the town. They said there was such a book but only the library had copies. At this point one of the very nice ladies got on the phone and when she completed her call told me to go to such and such an address, only four blocks away where a gentleman is waiting who will help me. The address was just beyond the church and my traveling group was excited because they found several memorials in the church to the Stone family. I did not stop then but located the address given to me at the town hall. I was met by an Ian Nelson, who handed me a 400 page paper back book "HURSTPIERPOINT - kind and charitable", of which he is the editor. NO CHARGE!
Back to the church where we photographed several black marble slabs associated with the Stone family.
RUSPER OCKLEY [SURREY]
We located the Nunnery but the buildings have been largely torn down and the site is now some type of school. We were directed to the manor house of JOHN STONE, called NEWPLACE. At the Manor house we were met by a nice gentleman. The old manor house has been torn down and replaced by a very attractive one. It is now used as a "shooting estate".
When we mentioned that we were looking for the manor house of JOHN STONE, he said Oh! just wait a minute. When he re-appeared, he held a framed picture in his hand. He then removed the picture from the frame so we could take a picture of the picture of 'New House of Framfield with reflections in the lake”. He then said "come with me". He walked us down toward a lake and as we stood looking at the lake, he said "now you are standing in front of the base of the large chimnevs. which is all that remains of John Stone's New Place Manor.
|400 year old Stone Farm in Ockley, Surrey |
It was from this parish that John and William Stone went with Rev. Henry Whitfield to found Guilford. CT. It has not yet been established who their parents were or exactly what parish they were born in. I have been told that very few of the original group with Rev. Whitfield were members of Ockley parish. I have long felt that these brothers could have been connected with "our" Stone family. Laurie has been doing some research on Elizabeth Stone who married Thomas Stevens (grandfather of John Stevens of Guilford. There are other bits and pieces that support the possibility that John and William were related to "our” Stone family.
We had a very nice visit to St. Marqaret's Church. Ockley. We saw the plaque with the names of those with Rev. Whitfield on the trip to found Guilford. The high point, for me, was locating the "Stone Farm". I have been searching for years for information. My attention was first drawn to the name because it was entered often in the original church records "of Stone Farm". Some years ago a lady from Iowa who had visited Ockley. sent me some pictures. One of these pictures was of a sign that said "Stone Farm". When I called her to get more information about its location, she could not remember where it was. She had not visited the place - just took a picture. The local historical society could not locate it, nor did it have any information about it. I had seen a few references to "The Stone
Farm” in some of my research but nothing that told where it was or any other information. Our driver/guide found it listed on one of the maps. With that, we proceeded to just ask people along the route indicated by the map. Finally, someone said, oh yes, "Stone Farm" is just at the bottom of this little hill. There was the sign and a driveway going up the hill. Our driver said it would not be proper to drive his bus up the hill but we could get out and walk. We did. At the top of the hill were a group of very old buildings. I went around the back of one of them and saw a lady out in front of this old house, washing a car. It turned out that she was the maid. She took my card in to present to the lady of the house. The lady, who has lived there all of her 93 years, said she did not recognize the name "Stone" but while we could not enter the house we would be welcome to look around the grounds at the flower beds and buildings. Next, her gardner appeared and with considerable pride showed us the features of this 400 year old, 250 acre manor house and farm. Was this the manor house of a Stone family or were they tenant farmers? I don't know and probably never will but the "of the Stone Farm' in the original parish records is pretty good evidence that I walked upon the very ground that other Stones did 400 years ago! What a thrill!
While the rest of the group became tourist during our three days in London. I continued with Stone Family Research. I visited the principle churches and quild halls associated with "our" Stone family. In addition to the churches and guild halls, I spent most of my time at the Guild Hall Librarv of the (Corporation of the Citv of London. at the Societv of Genealogist library. and at the British library.
I just went inside each of these churches because of some Stone family association. These buildings were not the same as the ones, from which Stones were married, christened, had funerals, or were buried. Those buildinas were destroved in the London fire of 1666. The 1670 Citv Churches Rebuilding Act effectively placed the responsibility for the rebuilding of all 51 parish churches in the hands of Dr. Christopher Wren.
"We do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Dr. Christopher Wren, Doctor of Lawes, Surveigher General of all his Majesty's Workes, to direct and order the dimensions, formes and Modells of the said Churches ...to contract with ...Artizans, builders and workmen as shall be employed ...[to] take care for the orderly exeution of the workes and accompts ...and to receive from the Chamber of London such ...summes of Mony as we ...shall appoint for the constant and speedy payment." [Source: page 296, "On a Grander Scale; The Outstanding Life of Sir Christopher Wren" by Jardine, Lisa, 2002, HarperColiinsPublishers]
While buildings may be different, they continue to function as churches, mostly in the same locations. I felt great emotional and intellectual satisfaction to stand in the holy places my family stood in over 400 years ago. It brought to life, for me, what names, pictures, maps and other people's visitations could not!
Churches visited were: St. Lawrence Jewery; St. Giles Cripplegate; St. Mary le Bow; St. NicholasCole Abbey: St. Steven Walbrook and The Dutch Church.
The first thing I learned about the London Guilds is that one is expected to make an appointment to enter. I talked myself into each one, but not without difficulty! At the Clothworkers Guild, I wanted to view the full length portrait of Sir William Stone.
|Fun in London pub. |
"In 1894 the Company was fortunate enough to be able to buy an original early seventeenth century full-length portrait of Sir William Stone, who was Master of the Companv for the year 1606-07 and actually officiated at the King's admission to the freedom. This painting now hangs in Clothworkers' Hall." [Source: Anecdotes and Legends of the Clothworkers' Company] A copy is on our web site in the January 2002 Newsletter.
While the archivist would not show it to me without an appointment [which I could have made for the next day, but elected not to do so] she correctly stated that she and her predecessor have provided other Stone family representatives with a photograph and all references to Stone in the company records. This is one of the few guilds whose original records are not held at the corporation of London GuildHall.
I had extremely good luck at the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. I arrived at their locked iron gate late in the afternoon. After explaining that I was leaving the next day to return to the USA, a gentleman let me in. I was led to an inner grass court yard. He explained that the Haberdashers just moved a couple of years ago into their new hall. When I explained about our Enqlish Heritaqe Reunion he said," Oh! would you like to see the Stone Cups?" I knew about these because one is pictured on page 24 in James Herbert Stone's book "...Of the Stones". [On our web site in the members only section]
"One of a pair of silver cups presented to the Haberdasher's Companv by Thomas Stone, showing his arms. The Girdler quartering shown in the "Visitation of London,' 1634, has been omitted and the Stone lion rampant is quartered only with the "Brickleton " arms. The Lufkyn escutcheon is included but is not visible in this illustration. On the reverse of both cups there is inscribed a full-figure unicorn with upright wings, suggesting the crest accompanying the arms in the Visitation of London" illustrations. The cups are described in the Haberdashers' Companv history as " A pair of Commonwealth sjlver-gilt standing cups, each on domed molded feet decorated with a band of matting, the baluster stem chased with foliage and bucket-shaped matted bowl, engraved with the arms of Stone, and the inscription" The Gift of Thomas Stone Esq.'; London, 1649-50, maker's name an orb." copied by John R. Cope from photographs in the Company archives, with description provided by Mr. Cope and Dr. Helen Bradley, archivists of the Haberdashers' Companv."
I was taken down two levels below ground where my host brought forth a very large key and unlocked the vault door. This led into an inner vault which opened to reveal a beautiful wood and glass case 12 or 15 feet long full of various pieces of silver in different sizes and shapes. Awe inspiring, to say the least! My host opened one of the doors and gently removed one of the cups and placed it on a table for me to exam. He invited me to hold it but I respectively declined. Just seeing it with my eyes was enough satisfaction! I got down on my knees to more closely exam the engraving. When it came time to rise up. I could not lift myself off the floor and had to ask for some help. My host returned the cup to the case and then produced the exact duplicate.
I have now seen with my own eyes the 1583 gold signet ring of William Stone, The 1605 full length portrait of Sir William Stone and the 1639 silver Stone Cups of Thomas Stone.
The other guild halls I visited were:
Clockmakers; Fishmongers: Goldsmiths; Grocers: Iron Mongers: Mercers and Merchant Tavlors. All have Stone family associations. Research in the records of these guilds must be done in GuildHall where most of the guild records are kept.
Guildhall library is primarily a library of London history. It is also a library of national history. The City of London is a small area ( about 1 square mile) in the centre of London. Local records for the City of Westminster and remainder of the Greater London area are held at Westminster Archives Center and London Metropolitan Archives.
Guildhall is the main archival source for social and economic history. Records available include:
FINDINGS AT GUILDHALL
- Parish records from 15th centurv
- Ward records rfrom 15th centurv
Liverv Company records [trade and craft guilds from 14th centurv]
- Diocesan records from 14th century
Archdeaconry of London records from 14th century
- Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral records from 14th centurv
- Business records from 15th centurv
- Other records [schools, charities, regiments, manors, societies, families and individuals]
Haberdasher: Valentine Stone, son of Henry Stone of Bytton, County of Glouchestershire and husbandman. Apprentice of Thomas Hill and for 8 years from Nov. 26, 1584 [Source: Binders1583-1596]
Nicholas Stone. 1583 Freeman. Master was Walter James: March 20, 1583
- 1451 John Stone - Henry Purchase
- 1453 Richard Savage- Apprentice of Edward Cowper [possible connection tc mother in law to Simon Stone of Bewdley
- 1475 Thomas Stone - John Clerke
- 1488 Richard Stone - John Benell ?
- 1546 Walter Stone - John Blagge
- 1558 William Stanes - John Walkyns
[16, Oct. 1573 the court allowed him to be transferred to the Coopers. He married Mar 9 the wife of a Coopers.]
- 1586 Walter Stone, son of John Stone
- 1594 John Stone, son of Walter Stone
- 1602 William Stone - Robert Chamocke
Robert Stone - William Hurcott- elected to livery 10 Feb. 1628
- 1604 Steven Stone - William Browne
- 1607 Leonard Stone - John Howett
- 1608 Emanuel Stone- son of Walter Stone, dec'd
Steven Soame- son of Sir Steven Soame
- 1615 Thomas Soame and John Soame- sons of Sir Steven Soame elected to livery 19 May 1617
- 1631 Robert Stone - son of Robert Stone
TWISTON ORDINANCE MAP
In the map collection, working with one of the staff members, I secured an excellent map of TWISTON. the probable home of William Stone of Twiste.
Time has certainly flown fast away for Twiston because many, many ye: now only a hamlet was once much more important than the modern settlements Downham and Rimington.
Twiston derives its name from Twvssulton, which means "a settlement on a boundary
Ings Beck, which runs through Twiston, was in fact the boundary between the kingdom ( of Mercia and Northumbria.
At one time there were several settlements hereabouts, including Higher Twiston, Lower Gate and Ings End.
It is known that the monks of Whallev Abbey had a corn mill at.Twiston in 1327.
Twiston Mill's pond is now a haven for wildlife.
SOCIETY OF GENEALOGIST LIBRARY
Here I found 4 Visitations of London Arms of Stone. We have all seen these before Simon of Beudley; Thomas and Andrew of London and William of Dorchester. What is different about these are the hand written notes, dates and numbers. I found out these hand written items were the work of Percival Boyd. He cross referenced the pedigree with his Boyd's Inhabitants of London.
The hand written numbers refer to the persons data page in Boyd's Inhabitants of London. Those data pages give additional information about the individual in the pedigree such as father, mother, wife, children, who they married, dates, profession, and sources.
I made copies of these data sheets for;
William Stone 1554
Richard Stone 1570,
John Stone 1590,
Thomas Stones 1608,
Leonard Stone 1610,
Sir Richard Stone 1622,
William Wheat 1624,
Andrew Stone 1625
That wraps up this report. If you have questions or need clarifications - just let me know
Byron T. Stone