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. All present models of Subaru are AWD vehicles. The soil is chiefly clay and agriculture was not highly developed until the mechanisation of farms. . The largest river is the Trent. Subaru, along with Volvo, are known to offer some of the safest cars on the market. In the southern part there are also rich iron ore deposits. [1].

Throughout the entire county there are vast and important coal fields. It is speculated that a bank or perhaps another automaker was behind it. In the middle regions the surface is low and undulating. FHI has also stated that there have been 27 million shares (worth 3.4% of its stock) acquired before the start of trading by an unknown party on October 6. 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 development of the Saab 9-6X has since been cancelled due to GM's divestment of FHI. A few recent newspaper articles. Recently GM had developed the Saab 9-2X model (nicknamed Saabaru), based on the Subaru Impreza WRX, and was working on the development of the Saab 9-6X model, based on the Subaru B9 Tribeca.

Ian alan books - British railways atlas 1947, Complete atlas of railway station names (U.K., 2002 edition), Rail Atlas 1970, British railway atlas 1955. In addition, GM announced that it will eventually sever all ties with FHI, the parent company of Subaru. 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. As of October 5, 2005, Toyota stated that it will purchase 8.7% of the shares of FHI from General Motors. Stoke-on-Trent's goods yard had closed by 2000 due to increased competition from road haulage. Several endurance records were set in the early and mid-nineties by the Legacy. The collieries handle mostly freight along with a few workers trains. Modified versions of the Impreza WRX and WRX STi have been competing successfully in car rallies and the World Rally Championship for many years.

Eturia, Longport and Kidsgrove closed in 2005, but only services to Eturia had any popular support. Subaru's best-known vehicles are high performance turbocharged versions of its Legacy (known as Liberty in Australia), and Impreza, which offer outstanding performance and handling at relatively affordable prices. 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. It is noted for the production of conventional-bodied cars with full-time AWD (in fact, in many markets its entire product range has this feature) and its use of the horizontally-opposed engine. Staffordshire's railways were reduced by the Beeching report in the 1960s, and several stations, like Uttoxeter and Norton Bridge, only narrowly missed closure. While an automotive minnow compared to many of its competitors, Subaru has been a highly profitable company for many years. 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. The Subaru logo's six stars represent the five companies that came together after WW2 to form one large company.

They are known affectionately as "Staffies". The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters) has seven stars. Later, a fighting dog was created called the Staffordshire pit bull. "Subaru" is the Japanese word for the star cluster Pleiades that is depicted in the company logo. A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. In fact, it was Subaru that introduced Renault to Nissan when they asked for assistance in all wheel drive (AWD) technology, when FHI told Renault to discuss their plans with Nissan, the discussions eventually led to the successful Renault-Nissan alliance. Historically, Staffordshire was divided into the five hundreds of Cuttlestone, Offlow, Pirehill, Seisdon and Totmonslow. In turn, many Subaru vehicles, even today, use parts from the Nissan manufacturing keiretsu.

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. Before that, the stake owned by GM was owned by Nissan, who acquired the stake around the mid-1980s in order to utilize FHI's bus manufacturing capability. The resulting administrative area of Staffordshire has a narrow southwards protrusion that runs west of West Midlands to the border of Worcestershire. General Motors was a 20% minority shareholder of Fuji Heavy from 1999 until 2005 when they sold 8.7% to Toyota and put the rest on the open market. The historic county of Staffordshire included Wolverhampton, Walsall, and West Bromwich, these were removed in 1974 to the new county of West Midlands. Subaru (In katakana: スバル), a Japanese car company, is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). Main article History of Staffordshire.. Vivio.

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Lichfield Cricket Club. 360. West Midland Bird Club. Traviq (a rebadged Opel Zafira Minivan, FWD). Long distance footpaths: Heart of England Way, Staffordshire Way. Sambar (a Keicar). Churnet Valley Railway [6]. R2 (a Keicar).

Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway. R1 (a Keicar). Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel. Pleo (a Keicar). Shropshire Union Canal. Outback. Coventry Canal. Legacy/Liberty.

Caldon Canal. Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Impreza WRX. River Churnet. Impreza. River Blythe. Forester (a crossover SUV).

River Trent. B9 Tribeca. Chasewater [5]. Baja. Tittesworth Reservoir [4]. Rudyard Lake.

Trentham Gardens. National Memorial Arboretum [3]. RSPB Coombes Valley. Hazel Slade Reserve.

Cannock Chase. Weston Park. Izaak Walton Cottage Museum. Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek.

Cheddleton Flint Mill, watermill. Broad Eye Windmill, Stafford. Croxden Abbey. Tutbury Castle.

Tamworth Castle. Stafford Castle. Mow Cop Castle. Eccleshall Castle.

Biddulph Grange. Whitmore Hall. Sandon Hall. Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone,_Staffordshire.

Madeley Old Hall. Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne. Festival Park. Dovecliff Hall.

Blithfield Hall. Shugborough Hall [2]. Lichfield Cathedral [1]. Alton Towers.

Kingsley and Frognal goods depot - Closed by 1970. Stafford common- The station had closed by 1946 and the goods department closed by 2000. Florence colliery - Opened by 1970 and closed by 2000. Trentham colliery - Closed by 2000.

A quarry-worker's halt was opened by 1970, but – like the quarry itself – closed by 2000. Caldon Lowe - Station closed by 1946. Leek, Chedale, Trentham guardens and Brownhills - All went freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. Consall - Closed by 1970, but was saved by a local steam preservation movement.

It may be reopened by the preservationists that now run Consall and some nearby stations on that line. Oakmoor - Freight-only by 1970 and closed by 2000. Madeley - Freight-only by 1955 and closed by 2000. Littelton colliery and Hume end - Closed by 1946.

Great Bridgeford, Whitmore and Standon moor - Both freight-only by 1955 and closed by 1970. It may be reopened by the Alton Towers amusment park. Alton (Alton towers) - Closed by 1970. Coald meace works - Closed by 1900.

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