Did you know that Sandon was once Great?

Staffordshire’s Senior Museums Officer, Chris Copp, introduces a new selection of photographs of  one of the County’s much loved villages

• Sandon British Legion, from the1950s   Sandon British Legion annual dinner at the Dog & Doublet Inn, Sandon. Back row (left to right): unknown, unknown, unknown, Sam Berrisford, Jack Challinor, Richard Dewberry, Britton Adams, Reg Lindop. Front row: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Wilmot Martin ('Staffordshire's Harry Lauder'), unknown.
• Sandon British Legion, from the1950s
Sandon British Legion annual dinner at the Dog & Doublet Inn, Sandon.
Back row (left to right): unknown, unknown, unknown, Sam Berrisford, Jack Challinor, Richard Dewberry, Britton Adams, Reg Lindop.Front row: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Wilmot Martin (‘Staffordshire’s Harry Lauder’), unknown.

This month we have a set of postcard views and photographs from Sandon, kindly lent to us by Mrs Kathleen Dewberry.  Sandon is a very distinctive ‘Estate Village’, with many buildings built in an ‘Arts and Crafts’ style by the Earls of Harrowby of Sandon Hall.  It is a village which has changed very little since the postcard views were taken around a century ago.  However, go back further in time and the picture is very different.

• Sandon Village, 1910.   A postcard view taken before the war memorial was erected in 1921.  Looking north east towards Sandon square along the Stafford road, with the Dog and Doublet Inn to the right.
• Sandon Village, 1910.
A postcard view taken before the war memorial was erected in 1921. Looking north east towards Sandon square along the Stafford road, with the Dog and Doublet Inn to the right.

  The Domesday book mentions two villages: Little Sandon, which is the site of the current village, and Great Sandon, which no longer stands.  In the parkland close to the Norman church of All Saints in Sandon Park are a series of low earthworks, and further away towards the modern Sandon Hall is a mediaeval moat – these are the remains of Great Sandon and its manor house.  This village was abandoned in 1717 to make way for Sandon Deer Park, and since then the focus for the village has been on the main road along the Trent valley.

• Sandon Village, in the 1920s    In the centre is one of the two Stafford Lodges built in 1902 at the entrance to Sandon Hall.  The Lodges were built in 1902, but the gate and gate piers are earlier. The gates were probably made in Gloucestershire by William Edney and were moved to Sandon from Burnt Norton, Gloucestershire by the Fifth Earl of Harrowby at the time the lodges were built.   The war memorial is in centre of the photograph. Sandon war memorial was unveiled by Colonel John Ward DSO MP on 7th May 1921 and dedicated by the Vicar of Sandon.  It commemorates the men of Sandon Hall Estate who lost their lives in World War I. A soldier on a plinth stands at ease with his rifle held in his right hand and his left hand clenched in a fist. The sculpor was Albert Toft. Concrete posts and a chain were placed around it in 1954.  The triple chimney on the left belongs to Seven Stars Cottage.
• Sandon Village, in the 1920s
In the centre is one of the two Stafford Lodges built in 1902 at the entrance to Sandon Hall. The Lodges were built in 1902, but the gate and gate piers are earlier. The gates were probably made in Gloucestershire by William Edney and were moved to Sandon from Burnt Norton, Gloucestershire by the Fifth Earl of Harrowby at the time the lodges were built.
The war memorial is in centre of the photograph. Sandon war memorial was unveiled by Colonel John Ward DSO MP on 7th May 1921 and dedicated by the Vicar of Sandon.
It commemorates the men of Sandon Hall Estate who lost their lives in World War I. A soldier on a plinth stands at ease with his rifle held in his right hand and his left hand clenched in a fist. The sculpor was Albert Toft. Concrete posts and a chain were placed around it in 1954.
The triple chimney on the left belongs to Seven Stars Cottage.
• Sandon School in 1929-1930.  The headmaster at the time was Mr Walker. He was nicknamed "Bossy Walker" by the pupils  Back row (left to right): John Simpson, Ernie Rollitt, Frank Simpson, Bill Perkin, John Foster, Bill Dainty, Eric Lloyd, Harry Rushton, unknown, Bill Cheadle. Middle row: Joyce Hitchnor, Mavis Hawley, Kath Rhodes, Lilyan Smith, Hettie Shardlow, Gertie Middleton, unknown, Irene Bromley, Dorothy Hall, Mable Cheadle. Front row: Nellie Ridout, Mary Walker, Bessie Hine, Majorie Potts, Edna Night.
• Sandon School in 1929-1930.
The headmaster at the time was Mr Walker. He was nicknamed “Bossy Walker” by the pupils
Back row (left to right): John Simpson, Ernie Rollitt, Frank Simpson, Bill Perkin, John Foster, Bill Dainty, Eric Lloyd, Harry Rushton, unknown, Bill Cheadle.
Middle row: Joyce Hitchnor, Mavis Hawley, Kath Rhodes, Lilyan Smith, Hettie Shardlow, Gertie Middleton, unknown, Irene Bromley, Dorothy Hall, Mable Cheadle.
Front row: Nellie Ridout, Mary Walker, Bessie Hine, Majorie Potts, Edna Night.

These details and all the images featured will shortly be seen on the Staffordshire Past Track website (www.staffspasttrack.org.uk).  If you have any images to lend, or any extra information, please contact the Past Track team: Staffordshire Past Track, Staffordshire Archives & Heritage, Shugborough, Milford, Stafford ST17 0XB.  Telephone 01889 881388. email: past.track@staffordshire.gov.uk.  Past Track has recently joined the 21st century – it now has its own facebook page, so please ‘like’ us to keep up to date with what’s new on the site.

• Tower of the Winds, Sandon Park, early 20th century.   This murky photograph is the first picture I’ve seen of this folly; do any readers know anything more about it?  It was a 19th century timber and thatch construction which stood close to the icehouse in Sandon Park, on the opposite side of the drive.
• Tower of the Winds, Sandon Park, early 20th century.
This murky photograph is the first picture I’ve seen of this folly; do any readers know anything more about it? It was a 19th century timber and thatch construction which stood close to the icehouse in Sandon Park, on the opposite side of the drive.