Talk:Stourton, Staffordshire

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Tollhouse shape[edit]

The source says octagonal. I counted last time I was there and it was hexagonal, so far as I could tell. Aerial photos at Google and Bing seem to show six sides. It is irregular, with three sides placed around a square, and three forming an apse.Sjwells53 (talk) 09:59, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

How very strange! Yes - definitely irregular hexagonal rather than octagonal. The listing needs changing on Excellentone (talk) 09:02, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Sabine Baring-Gould[edit]

Need to find a way of incorporating the novel Bladys of the Stewponey into this article. Excellentone (talk) 09:04, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

I think it only needs a brief reference here. For anyone who wants to go further, the entire book is available for free download as an audio book from Librivox at [1], which seems the sort of offer it's hard to refuse. I understand the plot has some features in common with the Mayor of Casterbridge. Although a Devon family, the Baring Gould's seem to have had some West Midland links. Alexander BG, Sabine's uncle (I think), was a vicar of St Mark's, Wolverhampton, noted for his violent anti-Catholicism.Sjwells53 (talk) 12:45, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
We have a section on the Stewponey. I see no reason why a short paragraph should not be added concerning the novel. Though I periodically heard about it when I lived at Kinver, I have never read it. Its reputation ded not seem to be high even locally. Peterkingiron (talk) 23:28, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
He is still well-regarded as a hymn writer, hymnologist and folklorist, but I think he was regarded as a minor or genre novelist even in his own day. As I understand it, the eponym and protagonist is made the prize in a game of bowls by her father. LibriVox must think it's worth listening to, which is perhaps different from reading it. A quick look at the text indicates a lot of dialogue in BG's transcription of the local accent and descriptions apparently founded on living knowledge of the location. Probably very much a folkloric novel. Sjwells53 (talk) 10:32, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
We have an article on Sabine Baring-Gould. If you can usefully add to that without unbalancing the article, you can of course do so. My impression is that the novel (which has been out of print for many years is probably not worth an aritcle, but having never read it, I am not qulified to judge. Peterkingiron (talk) 18:06, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
Agreed that this could be mentioned in the section on the Stewponey - possibly in relation to the origin of the name Stewponey for which SBG provides an explanation in Bladys.Excellentone (talk) 22:21, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
The origin of the name is still obscure: see Victoria County History on the subject. SBG's view on the matter is perhaps his original research. Peterkingiron (talk) 18:12, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
I imagine the origin of the name will always be obscure, but none the less is of interest, SBG'S view on the matter has an attributable source, namely Bladys of the Stewponey, if he were here today writing it for the first time on Wikipedia then it would be original research as far as I'm aware...Excellentone (talk) 12:19, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Stourton Castle[edit]

Seems to me that the chronology of this section could be improved - especially one paragraph which leaps about between the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries. Excellentone (talk) 22:24, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done One sentence needed moving. Peterkingiron (talk) 18:10, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Kate Williams historian[edit]

Can anyone confirm that the historian Kate Williams was born in Stourton? - I came across this in an article in the Stourbridge News: can't find a mention of it anywhere else thoughExcellentone (talk) 21:45, 25 April 2012 (UTC)