SJ8933 : Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire

taken 7 years ago, near to Stone, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire
Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire
The industrial buildings on the right were occupied by Joule's Brewery as an ale store until 1974. They are late 19th century, and very full details can be read here: LinkExternal link

As far back as the 12th century, Stone was famous for the qualities of the ales brewed at Stone Priory. This tradition was carried on by various brewers, over the centuries. Francis Joule came to Stone in 1785 to take over one of the established breweries. Legend suggests that the brewery was located on or near the site of the old monastic brew house. Apparently, it was the custom of the monks to mark their casks with "the sign of the cross" so Joule's decided to adopt the red cross as their trademark. Charrington's bought the brewery and closed it in 1974. (The old old story!!!)

Joule's beer is now brewed in Burton, and can be enjoyed in several Stone hostelries!*

The Trent and Mersey Canal is 93.5 miles in length from Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook. The first sod was cut by Josiah Wedgwood in July 1766 at Middleport (Stoke-on-Trent) and the whole canal was open for business by 1777.

* As from 2010 Joule's ales have been available from a new brewery in Market Drayton - apparently using original Joule's recipes.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Industry  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 899 339 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.1875N 2:9.0864W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 899 339
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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