Staffordshire

Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Stafford. Part of the National Forest lies within its borders. It adjoins the ceremonial counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

The major city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent. Lichfield is also a city but is considerably smaller. Major towns include Burton-upon-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Stafford itself.

Staffordshire is divided into a number of districts. These are Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth. Stoke-on-Trent is administered as a separate unitary authority.

History

Main article History of Staffordshire.

The historic county of Staffordshire included Wolverhampton, Walsall, and West Bromwich, these were removed in 1974 to the new county of West Midlands. The resulting administrative area of Staffordshire has a narrow southwards protrusion that runs west of West Midlands to the border of Worcestershire. Further, Stoke-on-Trent was removed in the 1990s to form a unitary authority, but is still considered part of Staffordshire for ceremonial and geographical purposes.

Historically, Staffordshire was divided into the five hundreds of Cuttlestone, Offlow, Pirehill, Seisdon and Totmonslow.

Dogs

A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. Later, a fighting dog was created called the Staffordshire pit bull. They are known affectionately as "Staffies".

Railways

Due to Wedgewood's pottery being moved increasingly by road transport, and both the decline in mining, qarrying and farming in general, several once-busy stations were shut down. Staffordshire's railways were reduced by the Beeching report in the 1960s, and several stations, like Uttoxeter and Norton Bridge, only narrowly missed closure. Both Stone, Barlaston and Titensor, Wedgewood and Norton Bridge all closed in 2003, but may re-open due to heavy local campaigning around the town of Stone. Eturia, Longport and Kidsgrove closed in 2005, but only services to Eturia had any popular support.

  • Coald meace works - Closed by 1900.
  • Alton (Alton towers) - Closed by 1970. It may be reopened by the Alton Towers amusment park.
  • Great Bridgeford, Whitmore and Standon moor - Both freight-only by 1955 and closed by 1970.
  • Littelton colliery and Hume end - Closed by 1946.
  • Madeley - Freight-only by 1955 and closed by 2000.
  • Oakmoor - Freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. It may be reopened by the preservationists that now run Consall and some nearby stations on that line.
  • Consall - Closed by 1970, but was saved by a local steam preservation movement.
  • Leek, Chedale, Trentham guardens and Brownhills - All went freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000.
  • Caldon Lowe - Station closed by 1946. A quarry-worker's halt was opened by 1970, but – like the quarry itself – closed by 2000.
  • Trentham colliery - Closed by 2000.
  • Florence colliery - Opened by 1970 and closed by 2000.
  • Stafford common- The station had closed by 1946 and the goods department closed by 2000.
  • Kingsley and Frognal goods depot - Closed by 1970.

The collieries handle mostly freight along with a few workers trains. Stoke-on-Trent's goods yard had closed by 2000 due to increased competition from road haulage.

Note: at both Brownhills, Oakmoor, Chedale, Caldon Lowe and Whitmore the lines are over-grown and/or the stations neglected; but they may re-open for freight trains or for use by railway enthusiasts.

References

Ian alan books - British railways atlas 1947, Complete atlas of railway station names (U.K., 2002 edition), Rail Atlas 1970, British railway atlas 1955. A few recent newspaper articles.

Geography

In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. In the middle regions the surface is low and undulating. Throughout the entire county there are vast and important coal fields. In the southern part there are also rich iron ore deposits. The largest river is the Trent. The soil is chiefly clay and agriculture was not highly developed until the mechanisation of farms.

Towns and villages

See the list of places in Staffordshire and the List of civil parishes in Staffordshire

Places of interest

  • Alton Towers
  • Lichfield Cathedral [1]
  • Shugborough Hall [2]
  • Blithfield Hall
  • Dovecliff Hall
  • Festival Park
  • Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne
  • Madeley Old Hall
  • Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone,_Staffordshire
  • Sandon Hall
  • Whitmore Hall
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Eccleshall Castle
  • Mow Cop Castle
  • Stafford Castle
  • Tamworth Castle
  • Tutbury Castle
  • Croxden Abbey
  • Broad Eye Windmill, Stafford
  • Cheddleton Flint Mill, watermill
  • Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek
  • Izaak Walton Cottage Museum
  • Weston Park
  • Cannock Chase
  • Hazel Slade Reserve
  • RSPB Coombes Valley
  • National Memorial Arboretum [3]
  • Trentham Gardens
  • Rudyard Lake
  • Tittesworth Reservoir [4]
  • Chasewater [5]
  • River Trent
  • River Blythe
  • River Churnet
  • Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Coventry Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel
  • Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway
  • Churnet Valley Railway [6]
  • Long distance footpaths: Heart of England Way, Staffordshire Way

Local Groups

  • West Midland Bird Club
  • Lichfield Cricket Club
  • Tipton Harriers

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See the list of places in Staffordshire and the List of civil parishes in Staffordshire. Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop is not a virtual pet game, however it has characters from Tamagotchi and ties in with the "TamaTown" concept presented in the chou jinsei enjoi series in Japan and the Version 3 series in the United States and Europe. The soil is chiefly clay and agriculture was not highly developed until the mechanisation of farms. The final game released was based on osutchi and mesutchi, and featured a unique cartridge with a user-replaceable battery and independent peizo buzzer that would alert players to turn on their GameBoy system and care for their virtual pet. The largest river is the Trent. The second game featured characters from the mori and umi (forest and ocean) Tamagotchi. In the southern part there are also rich iron ore deposits. The first one, also released in the United States, corresponds to the first two generations of the original Tamagotchi and had similar gameplay.

Throughout the entire county there are vast and important coal fields. Three Tamagotchi games for the Nintendo GameBoy portable game system were released in Japan. In the middle regions the surface is low and undulating. Like the Version 2, it borrows similar features from the latest version of the Japanese toy, but greatly simplifies them. In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. The third incarnation of the Tamagotchi Connection series released at the end of January 2006. A few recent newspaper articles. 3, VR3, or Tama V3).

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Eturia, Longport and Kidsgrove closed in 2005, but only services to Eturia had any popular support. From there, you can enter Tamagotchi Town and take part in many activities and play many games. Both Stone, Barlaston and Titensor, Wedgewood and Norton Bridge all closed in 2003, but may re-open due to heavy local campaigning around the town of Stone. This, as mentioned can link to the internet address: http://e-tamago.com/pc/flash/tamago.html. Staffordshire's railways were reduced by the Beeching report in the 1960s, and several stations, like Uttoxeter and Norton Bridge, only narrowly missed closure. This Tamagotchi has many new features scince the Keitai. Due to Wedgewood's pottery being moved increasingly by road transport, and both the decline in mining, qarrying and farming in general, several once-busy stations were shut down. Ouchi (home) version of the deka (huge) Tamagotchi.

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. Later, a fighting dog was created called the Staffordshire pit bull. with new features. A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. 2, or V2) Version two of the Tamagotchi Connection (cousin to Japanese Tamagotchi Plus) was released on June 21, 2005 in the U.S. Historically, Staffordshire was divided into the five hundreds of Cuttlestone, Offlow, Pirehill, Seisdon and Totmonslow. 2, Ver.

Further, Stoke-on-Trent was removed in the 1990s to form a unitary authority, but is still considered part of Staffordshire for ceremonial and geographical purposes. (Also called Version 2, Vr. The resulting administrative area of Staffordshire has a narrow southwards protrusion that runs west of West Midlands to the border of Worcestershire. A miniature Tamagotchi 80% of the size of the original toy which has limited features and is promoted as a fashion accessory. The historic county of Staffordshire included Wolverhampton, Walsall, and West Bromwich, these were removed in 1974 to the new county of West Midlands. The English-language version of the Tamagotchi Plus released in North America on August 15, 2004. Main article History of Staffordshire.. Essentially the same as the Connection, with slight changes in the wording of menu screens (such as 'style' instead of 'gender').

. The English-language version of the Tamagotchi Plus released in Oceania, Asia, and Europe. Stoke-on-Trent is administered as a separate unitary authority. If bad care was taken, Santaclautchi would return to his house and a Kuchipatchi wearing a cape would have to return him to the screen. These are Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth. The Santaclautchi character did not evolve, but could be changed by receiving different items. Staffordshire is divided into a number of districts. Similar to the Angelgotchi, but used characters that were evil, basically the opposite of Angelgotchi.

Major towns include Burton-upon-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Stafford itself. This was named after Japanese actress Tamao Nakamura and released in April 1998. Lichfield is also a city but is considerably smaller. . The major city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent. In Japanese and most other languages it is pronounced with a long "o" sound — ta-ma-goh-chee — although in the United States it is typically pronounced "ta-ma-GAH-chee". It adjoins the ceremonial counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and Shropshire. The name combines the Japanese word for egg ("tamago") and the syllable "chi" which denotes affection, and is also a pun on both "wotchi" (ウォッチ; borrowed from English "watch", as in the time piece) and "tomodachi" (Japanese for friend.) Also, because "tamago" is Japanese for egg, and "tomodachi" is Japanese for friend, Tamagotchi could be taken to mean egg-friend.

Part of the National Forest lies within its borders. The Tamagotchi (たまごっち Tamagotchi) is a handheld virtual pet created by Aki Maita and sold by Bandai. The county town is Stafford. In this case, the connecting was called "Dock 'n Rock" and was used for Digimon to fight each other. Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. This Tamagotchi premiered the feature of interconnecting Tamagotchi which could communicate data to each other. Tipton Harriers. Three versions of the Pendulums were released, and a new "mini" version is set to release soon.

Lichfield Cricket Club. After the initial five generations, Bandai released a line of Virtual Pets(V-Pets) called Pendulums which introduced a feature called Jogress, a feature akin to the Pokemon Pikachu pedometer/games, which tracked the amount of steps taken in order to advance to the next stage, and a new evolution level: Ultimate, which comes after Champion. West Midland Bird Club. There were five in all, and each progressing generation had different characters and different evolutions(stages in life), but nonetheless each generation had almost the same functions. Long distance footpaths: Heart of England Way, Staffordshire Way. Digimon had different generations, like Tamagotchi. Churnet Valley Railway [6]. Digimon are made by Bandai, similar to Tamagotchi.

Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway. The ability to connect to any Tamagotchi in the Connection series (V1, V2, V3). Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel. Sprint, which is essentially a button-mashing game where one must press any button continuously to help the Tamagotchi win. Shropshire Union Canal. Memory, in which a sequence of arrows is played, and one must follow that sequence. Coventry Canal. Heading, which is the same as the V2 version's heading, where the player must hit a falling ball back into the air.

Caldon Canal. However, there are imitation flags that will end the game if pressed. Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Flag, a kind of "follow the leader" game, in which a flag appears on-screen, and one must press the corresponding button(s). River Churnet. Bump, which is essentially the same as the Connection Version 2 game, where your Tamagotchi becomes an almost sumo-like wrestler. River Blythe. Get, a game where one must collect falling music notes into a bag, and dodge the falling messes(read: Tamagotchi poop), in order to get a score of 100.

River Trent. 6 new games:

    . Chasewater [5]. Passwords also give shop items and food, which costs Points. Tittesworth Reservoir [4]. Offers connnection to "Tamatown"[[1]] which, similar to the Japanese counterpart, generates codes which you can input in the toy and receive souvinears, which are items that you can look at, but not much else. Rudyard Lake. Adds 20+ new characters, many from osutchi and mesutchi, now bringing the total number of Tamagotchi Connection characters to 52.

    Trentham Gardens. Debuted with 6 new colors: Green with Tropical Flowers, Blue with Waves, Translucent Yellow, Artic Camouflage, "Ice Cream," and Silver with Black Buttons. National Memorial Arboretum [3]. Features include: school, jobs, and cooking. RSPB Coombes Valley. Interacts with the Japanese Tamagotchi website and WAP page via 14-digit passcodes. Hazel Slade Reserve. A small strand of beads is attached rather than a keychain or mini-strap.

    Cannock Chase. Released November 2005 in Japan. Weston Park. Special green-colored edition sold at Japanese Toys-R-Us stores available paired with an akai series Tamagotchi or alone. Izaak Walton Cottage Museum. Items you buy alter the little room it lives in. Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek. You can play games and unlock Gotchi points that you can transfer to your Keitai or Akai, or you can spend it on gifts for your Deka character.

    Cheddleton Flint Mill, watermill. Features a stand for tabletop display. Broad Eye Windmill, Stafford. Released July 2005 in Japan. Croxden Abbey. Connects with Japanese mobile phones, Keitai Tamagotchi, and Hanerutchi. Tutbury Castle. Same games as the Keitai and Hanerutchi Tamagotchi with different graphics.

    Tamworth Castle. New red-theme foods including pizza, wine, peaches, and red rice. Stafford Castle. New red-theme characters including a tomato, daruma, tengu, heart, and cherry. Mow Cop Castle. Mono-color red LCD. Eccleshall Castle. Released July 23, 2005 in Japan.

    Biddulph Grange. it is still capable of breeding but the generation number doesnt go up after that. Whitmore Hall. The ability to make up to 50 friends, and raise multiple generations of Tamagotchi up to 99. Sandon Hall. Hitting the A and B buttons together again removes the pause. Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone,_Staffordshire. The ability to pause by holding the A and B buttons.

    Madeley Old Hall. ABBACBCC, Cake [800]. Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne. BACBCACB, Steak and [800]. Festival Park. BCBACABA, Love Potion [3000]. Dovecliff Hall. ACBCABAC, Hair Gel.

    Blithfield Hall. CBAACABC, Costume [2500]. Shugborough Hall [2]. They are as follows:. Lichfield Cathedral [1]. The first use of each of these codes results in a free item; after that, the code gives the player the option to buy the item. Alton Towers. These codes would be entered by entering the shop, pressing "A" until the shopkeeper looks surprised, and pressing the corresponding buttons in a limited time.

    Kingsley and Frognal goods depot - Closed by 1970. Five codes are available on the V2 that unlock special items. Stafford common- The station had closed by 1946 and the goods department closed by 2000. Connect (using IR capability) with options such as GAME or PRESENT, and the options to connect to either Version1 or Version2 Tamagotchi. Florence colliery - Opened by 1970 and closed by 2000. Shop restocks at 3:00 A.M., 3:00 P.M., and 7:00 P.M. Trentham colliery - Closed by 2000. Maximum points is 9999.).

    A quarry-worker's halt was opened by 1970, but – like the quarry itself – closed by 2000. Shopping (points earned in the games are used to buy items from a shop which is re-stocked three times a day. Caldon Lowe - Station closed by 1946. New games such as Jump, Bump, Heading, Slot. Leek, Chedale, Trentham guardens and Brownhills - All went freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. Newer Characters and ones taken from older tamagotchis like mesu/osu. Consall - Closed by 1970, but was saved by a local steam preservation movement. In America, it shows the Tamagotchi Planet.

    It may be reopened by the preservationists that now run Consall and some nearby stations on that line. On the Japanese version, it shows a grave with a little ghost when it dies. Oakmoor - Freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. The following characters are available on this Tamagotchi: marutchi, mametchi, masukutchi, kuchipatchi, ginjirotchi, nyorotchi, oyajitchi, and rakki unchi-kun (lucky poop, Japan-only). Madeley - Freight-only by 1955 and closed by 2000. The keychain attachment is a short link-chain with a lanyard clasp at the end. Littelton colliery and Hume end - Closed by 1946. In America, debuted with four colors (black with flames, light blue, pink, purple, and light blue) and several months later followed with four more colors (yellow with dots, purple with dots, a darker blue, and yellow with stripes).

    Great Bridgeford, Whitmore and Standon moor - Both freight-only by 1955 and closed by 1970. The keychain attachment is a small ball-chain loop. It may be reopened by the Alton Towers amusment park. In Japan, the three colors available are identical to three of the six colors of the original Tamagotchi (pink, light blue, and white). Alton (Alton towers) - Closed by 1970. Limited-edition metallic white with blue stripe was also released. Coald meace works - Closed by 1900. Debuted in two colors with identical designs (white with green or red stripe and back).

    Features characters from the Japanese show "haneru no tobira". Features old characters as well as new characters not in the original Tamagotchi Plus. Ten digit passwords unlock foods from each region of Japan and items for each character. Connects to original Tamagotchi Plus and Deka Tamagotchi.

    Connects to Japanese mobile phones. The egg stage doesn't last very long, only 1 minute,infant: 1 hour, Child: 24 hours, Teen: 2-3 days, Adult: 20 days, Senior: 3-5 days. There are six stages of life: egg, infant, child, teenager, adult and senior(New to Connection). Allows players to connect via infared to other players systems and become friends, get married, and even have kids.

    'gender' instead of 'style'). variation of English (e.g. Changes the language from Tamagotchi Connexion to conform to the U.S. Also called "V1(version 1).".

    Can also connect to deka (huge) Tamagotchi in Japanese retail stores and restaurants for an exclusive "friend.". Implements an infrared port to connect to other Tamagotchi to "make friends," play games and exchange presents with other Tamagotchi V1's(Tamagotchi Plus, Connexion, and Connection) and higher, and also breed and create a new generation of Tamagotchi. Includes characters from the original Tamagotchi as well as several characters new to the Tamagotchi series. Released only in Japan on March 20, 2004.

    Winged beast Mothra Tamagotchi. Caveman Tamagotchi. Santa Claus and Christmas-themed Tamagotchi. In the place of icons, backlit buttons were used, and the number of buttons at the bottom of the case were reduced to two.

    Also features a larger case. "Easy Tamagotchi," has slightly different evolutions than the first set of Tamagotchi toys. Released in October of 1998 in three colors. Used a touch screen and a voice sensitive unit, similar to Umi no Tamagotchi.

    Care was almost exactly the same as Angelgotchi, but the characters in Devilgotchi went out to do evil deeds, unlike the Angelgotchi characters, which went out to do good deeds. Released in September of 1998 in four colors. The player would then have to help lower the weight of the Tamagotchi before anything else could be done. If the player fed the Tamagotchi too much food and it got to be 99 pounds, it would turn into a "Debutchi" which took up the whole screen.

    If one was to become lazy on his or her care for their Mesutchi/Osutchi, the Tamagotchi would become an unmateable creature. The other four were linear. Five different generations of Tamagotchi were available, but only one had a growth chart that was affected by caretaking skills. Both Mesutchi and Osutchi featured 31 characters each.

    Featured interlocking mating using the same concept that Digimon premiered to have Tamagotchis give birth. Released in December of 1997 in Japan only. This was a secondary use for the cleaning function which is not used in any other Tamagotchi. Flushing the screen could make the screen cleaner, but if all four skulls on the meter were filled, the water would become black and it had to be flushed to see the Tamagotchi again.

    Included a "water quality" meter in the status screen. This is known as one of the hardest Tamagotchi to raise, needing near-constant attention. Released in the United States in 1998 with four colors as "Tamagotchi Ocean". Released in March of 1998 in Japan with four different colors.

    one is easier and one is harder. there are two types of eggs that can be chosen to hatch in this tamagotchi. If the environment was mostly hot, the Mori No would change into the "warmer" creature for that quality of care, and vice versa for cold. Another notable function of the Mori No Tamagotch is its teenager phase: It is replaced by a cocoon, which stays for 24 hours, during which time you had to control a temperature dial.

    If its attack succeeded, the Tamagotchi could be made sick or even killed. Occasionally, a predator (one is a foot and one is a frog from ocean) would attack, and you have to use the voice and touch-sensitive functions by shouting and tapping at the screen to scare away the predator. This Tamagotchi premiered the "predator" function also used in Umi No Tamagotch. It was scheduled for release in America as "Tamagotchi Garden" but it was canceled.

    Released in February 1998 with four different colors. twins are not avalible on other tamagotchi. also avalible are secret charicter twin tamagotchis. edition replaces Sabotenshi with Kitsutenshi (Smiling Angel).

    The Japanse version has a secret character called Sabotenshi (Cactus Angel) but the U.S. Discipline replaced by "praise" for this pet only. Featured a motion-sensor, used to scare away bats that tried to steal your Angelgotch's snack and call it back when it went on a walk. This was later released in America as "Tamagotchi Angel.".

    Released in August 1997 with three different colors.

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