Milwich is a small village set approximately 4 miles east form the town of Stone on the B5027, comprising of around 2830 acres of land with a current population of approximately 1,801, as measured in the 2001 census.
The village is known to take its name from a large corn mill built some years ago in one of the hamlets of the parish named Coton, these hamlets also include Day Hills, Garshall Green and Wheatlow Brooks.
The village contains various buildings of historical importance which are listed below:
All Saints Church – Where you will find the oldest dated bell in Staffordshire, and the seventh oldest in the country pictured above in the centre. Cast in 1409
The Toll House
The Manor (1907) – Formely part of Earl of Macclesfield’s Estate in Milwich
Wheat Sheaf – Coton Hall
Most of these are capture in a specially commissioned water colour as part of the village millennium celebrations. A limited edition of this painting is on display in the Green Man.
THE FACE IN THE LEAVES.
His face stares down at us from the roofs, pillars and doorways of our great cathedrals and churches. He appears on second century Roman columns in Turkey and in Jain temples in Rajasthan. He is found all over England, some parts of
Wales and Scotland and a few rare places in Ireland.
On the continent he has been seen and noted in Germany, France, Italy, Holland and is said to be in Spain, Hungary and Poland.
India and Malaysia have their own Green Man and though he doesn't seem to appear in Native American traditions he can be seen in his modern role on the walls of banks in New York and Chicago.
His Roots may go back to the shadow hunters who painted the caves of Lascaux and Altmira and may climb through history, in one of his manifestations through Robin Hood and the Morris Dances of Old England, to be chiselled in wood and Stone even to this day by men and women who no longer know his story but sense that something old and strong and tremendously important lies behind his leafy mask.
One of the earliest English epic poems Gwain and The Green Knight may refer to yet another manifestation of the Green Man as the God that dies and is reborn.
He is the Green Man, Jack in the Green, The Old Man of the Woods, Green George and many other things to many other men but one common theme runs through all the disparate images and myths, death and rebirth and the Green that is all life.