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Stonnall village near Aldridge
Walsall, West Midlands.
4th Wednesday of the month the Lynn & Stonnall Conservation & Historical Society meet at 7.30 p.m. in the wooden Youth and Community Centre in Main Street, Stonnall, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS9 9DX, next door to st Peters, the village school. Contact name: Mr Peter Terry Tel: 01543 372410
Stonnall is a small unspoiled rural village with a history dating back over many centuries. The name Stonnall is possibly derived from the Saxon words 'stal halh', which mean 'stony valley' which over many years has evolved, and was recorded as Stanahala in 1143, Stonhal during the reign of Henry VIII, and finally, Stonnall.
Stonnall village is divided into two parts by the Chester Road, creating Lower and Upper Stonnall. Lower Stonnall is where the majority of the village is located, with Upper Stonnall being largely a scattering of rural cottages and farmhouses all leading off from typically rural Staffordhire country lanes.
The Chester Road dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a local cattle drovers' track, leading to the markets in the Midlands, and extending out as part of a roman road to London.
Close by is Castlefort, which was described in Pigots directory of 1835, Castle Field, which had a substantially sized ancient fortification. However, it is unknown whether it was of British or Roman origin.
Stonnall is a pleasant village and it shares a parish council with neighbouring areas Shenstone and Little Aston which all enjoy very low levels of crime.
There is a strong sense of community in Stonnall, and always plenty going on in it's village hall, primary school, gardener's guild, women's institute group, and its own youth and community centre.
Syonnall village is also popular for it's two local pubs, The Old Swan and the Royal Oak, both of which serve real ales and good value food. There is also a small row of shops in Stonnall, including a fish bar, a convenience store, a beauty salon and a florist.
House-hunters will not be disappointed when searching for a home in Stonnall which includes a wide range of housing, offering almost everything from modestly sized semi-detached houses to large converted farmhouses, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
A strong local community spirit is reflected in a local group called "The Stonnall campaign About Roads" (SCAR) which was formed in April 2005 by concerned residents of the Stonnall area, initially to oppose the building of the Brownhills Eastern Bypass. The mandate of SCAR has since been extended to emcompass all road-related issues in the Stonnall area. For full details visit Scar website
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