Kibblestone

KIBBLESTONE, a liberty, in the parish and union of Stone, S. division of the hundred of Pirehill, N. division of the county of Stafford; containing 1896 inhabitants. This was anciently a large park, and there are still vestiges of some spacious fish-ponds, one of which supplies a stream that falls into the Trent at Walton Bridge, turning in its course several mills for grinding flints used at the potteries. The Kibblestone "quarter" of the parish of Stone lies on the eastern side of the Trent, and comprehends the villages and hamlets of Oulton-Cross, Oulton, Meaford, Hobbergate, Catwalton, Knenhall, Moddershall, Berry-Hill, Rough Close, Spot, and Spot-Gate; the district extends from one to four miles north and north-by-east of Stone, and forms a hilly and picturesque tract of country, in which are many neat villas and scattered farmhouses. Oulton, the largest village, stands on a rapid declivity. At Meaford, within the liberty, is an old mansion, long possessed by the Jervis family, in which the gallant admiral, Earl St. Vincent, was born, and which is now occupied by his nephew, Viscount St. Vincent. There is a petrifying spring issuing out of the rocks near Catwalton.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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