Tamworth is a large market town and local government district in Staffordshire. It has an historic Castle; close by is iits Moat House. The town was the ancient capital of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia. Victorian prime minister Robert Peel lived nearby.
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Geology, natural history, climate, archaeology, history, industry and farming, Staffordshire is at the heart of England. The Industrial Revolution was fostered here and the rise of science. ‘Progress’, self-improvement and enquiry were their companions.
Local studies’ societies and individuals studied Staffordshire and recorded what they found.
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Stafford is the county town; it has a long history. It was already old when Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians established a burh here in 913. Its symbol is the Stafford Knot. Among its many famous inhabitants was Izaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler.
The Staffordshire Moorlands has a distinctive climate and natural history. It is an area of outstanding beauty with forests and lakes stretching out across rolling hills and crags. The extraordinary Roman ‘patera’ was found here recently.
Lichfield is the centre of an ancient diocese, with a landmark cathedral. It was the home of many notable people including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Erasmus Darwin and Anna Seward. Near here a hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold was found in 2009 - the largest ever found.
A generic term for an industrial area covering six towns. The Potteries become a centre of ceramic production in the early 17th century. Soon it was largest producer in Great Britain, with firms such as Wedgwood, Spode, Minton, Doulton and Twyford.
Defined as the area ‘where the coal seam comes to the surface’, the Black Country was the hub of the Industrial Revolution. It got its name in the 1840s from the soot which was seen to be ubiquitous. It is an area of industry and innovation to this day.
Illustrations; The Roaches, Orange Wing Tip Butterfly, Wall Roman site, Staffordshire Hoard Cross, ‘Labyrinthodont’, Countryside, Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire figurines, Coal mine
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Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the English midlands, with landscape varying from wild moorland and low undulating countryside, to areas of intense industrial activity. The Industrial Revolution flourished here - its progeny is the world we have today
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