The history of Stonehouse – symbols on the Millennium Stone

Finding out about the history behind some of the symbols on the Millennium Stone

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For an overview of the history of Stonehouse visit British History Online or see the book A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1972.

The Stonehouse Rose 

  • Payment of a rose per annum, 1348
  • Use of rose emblem at Stonehouse Court
  • Horticultural Society
  • Souvenir china
  • Mayoral chain
  • Adoption of symbol for Stonehouse


Canal and the Ocean
Stroudwater Canal History

  • Why the canal was needed
  • Who built it
  • When was it opened
  • What was it used for
  • Why The Ocean?
  • What happened to it?

The cloth mills (pick one such as Bond’s Mill or Beard’s Mill or R S Davies cloth manufacturers at Upper and Lower Mills Bridgend)

  • Domesday mills what did they produce?
  • Why cloth?
  • Why Stonehouse?
  • Who were the clothiers?
  • What were the processes?
  • Who were the workers?
  • What happened to the industry

Stonehouse Paper & Bag Mill (Lower Mills)

  • What is the history of the building?
  • When was the paper bag factory started?
  • Who started it?
  • What sort of things did it produce?
  • Who worked there?
  • What happened to it?

Dudbridge donkey (Nailsworth branch line)

  • History of railways
  • Why was the Nailsworth line opened?
  • What was the “Dudbridge Donkey”?
  • Where did it go?
  • What did it carry?
  • When did it close?

Regal Cinema

  • Where was the first cinema?
  • Who opened it?
  • What happened to it?
  • Where was the “new” cinema?
  • What films did it show?
  • Who went there?
  • When did it close?

Engineering industry (Hoffmann’s and Sperry’s etc)

  • What brought engineering to Stonehouse?
  • What did they make?
  • Who worked there?
  • How did they develop?
  • What happened to them?

Severn Valley Fruit Co (The Jam factory)

  • Who started this and why?
  • Where was it?
  • What did they make?
  • Who worked there?
  • When did it close?

Vineyards in Stonehouse
Journal Issue 7


Stonehouse newt pond
If anyone has any more information about the newt pond we would be glad to hear it.