Staunton, "the place of the stones", was the ancient name given by the Anglo-Saxons. The village has stones of ancient origins and of mysterious forms, these are the Buck, Toad, Broad, Long and Queen Stone, all of which have origins dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Buckstone lies in Highmeadow Woods near the village. The huge rock on the summit of Buckstone Hill is said to have been used in Druid ceremonies, and actually used to rock before it was dislodged in 1885. This point is at 915 feet and one can view panoramic scenery such as views over the Forest of dean, Highmeadow Woods and the Black Mountains. The woods around Staunton are not actually part of the Royal Forest but are part of the Manor of Staunton.
In the churchyard of All Saints Church, you will see the grave of David Mushet (1772-1847). With his son, he developed interest in the iron industry of Dean and laid much of the groundwork for the impending steel industry in Britain. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email Stauntonfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo from Featured Project near Staunton
We're on the move!
From August the 1st, The Village Websmith will have a new address. We are moving into the Old Police Station in the beautiful town of Tintern, about five minutes walk from the incredible and historic Tintern Abbey. Our new address is:
This move is particularly exciting as it will give us not only more space, but also a high street shop front to welcome customers new and old. Examples of our work will be on display in the window and visitors will be more than welcome. Because we are not there all the time, it would be good to give us a call before dropping in. As Tintern is a great place for holidays, you could combine business and pleasure, stay in one of the many good hotels or guest houses here and enjoy the forest, river Wye and of course, the Abbey.
The photograph shows the view from our office window across the River Wye to the hills and fields. It's a tough job working in such surroundings, but somebody has to do it…