Abbey House and Ranton Abbey, Ranton, Staffordshire

Ranton is a quiet little hamlet in Staffordshire, around 3 miles from Stafford and it is recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 under the Pirehill Hundred.

One thing about Ranton though is that it has hidden a couple of pretty big pieces of history that most people in Staffordshire probably know nothing about. Ranton Abbey's surviving 14th century tower and the ruins of Abbey House, a large country manor house in a 300 acre estate.

Ranton Abbey (also known as Ranton Priory), was built in 1150 by Robert Fitz Noel of Ellenhall. It was an Augustian Abbey and flourished in the 13th century, as a subordinate house to Haughmond Abbey (near Shrewsbury). Life at Ranton was not necessarily the peaceful existence which we might expect though, as there are many recorded problems with discipline and mismanagement, particularly in the 14th century.

The Abbey was dissolved by the Act of 1536 (Dissolution of the Monasteries). There is some evidence that the cloisters and some other parts were st…

Stanley Pool, Bagnall, Staffordshire

As it has rained almost none stop for over a week, we thought it might be nice to take the dogs for a walk to Stanley Pool and have a look at how the dam was flowing. As it turns out, it was flowing quite well!

This is the dam at the north west end of Stanley Pool. It was built in 1786 as an 8 acre reservoir to supply water for the nearby Cauldon Canal. The pool was enlarged to 33 acres in 1840 with the construction of the dam in the photograph. The pool above was created by damming the stream flowing to the west of the village of Stanley. Today the pool is used for fishing and has a sailing club.

It isn't just the dam and the pool that are interesting though, there are some lovely walks around the area too, with lots of wildlife and bird to be seen. The public footpaths are clearly sign posted and are available to view on local OS maps of the area. I would advise going on either a sunny summer day or after a lot of rain, which is when the over flow is most interesting.

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