"Stonnall is a picturesque village, comprising the hamlets of Upper and Lower Stonnall, two and a half miles SW of Shenstone, and now forming a separate ecclesiastical district, including six adjacent hamlets, containing about 1000 souls. Near Over Stonnall, and upon the same hill, are vestiges of an ancient fortification called Castle Hill, or Old Fort. The lines of a double ditch, encompassing an area 160 paces in diameter, may be distinctly traced, but whether it is a British work, or Roman, is unknown.
When the great road between London and Chester passed through Over Stonnall, it had two good inns, called the Swan and the Welch Harp, now farmhouses, and it still has two alehouses bearing the same signs."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]