A Walk around the Battlefield
The Trent winds its way north east from its source in Staffordshire until it meets the River Ouse to form the Humber Estuary, and as it does, it passes through the county of Nottinghamshire. After flowing under Trent Bridge in Nottingham it makes its way towards Newark. At one point it runs in an almost north to south direction passing the village of Fiskerton on its west bank, after another a mile of meandering it gradually turns eastwards, this curve forms a flood plain which it encompasses on three sides before turning north once more. It is at this point the Trent is only a quarter of a mile from the village of East Stoke. This village, often referred to as Stoke, has now been returned to the pleasant village it once was, no longer are its residents troubled by volumes of traffic trundling through the village centre, tooting their horns impatiently at the cross roads traffic lights, for the traffic that traveled along the Fosse Way, now pass at a pleasing distance along the new A46.
The tiny village is dominated by Stoke Hall, a red bricked Georgian mansion once the home Sir Robert Howe Bromley, admiral and politician. Adjacent to the hall is the aforementioned St Oswald’s Church, in whose hallowed grounds lie the bodies of the slain of the Battle of Stoke.