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Staffordshire Cottage for Rent

2 MILES FROM ALTON TOWERS, Lower Micklin Farm Cottages, in Alton, Staffordshire

7 Bedrooms    4 Bathrooms    Sleeps 24    Children Welcome    No Pets    No Smoking
* This property is accessible to those with disabilities.


Staffordshire


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Staffordshire
Geography
Status:Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region:West Midlands
Area:
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 18th
2,713 km²
Ranked 18th
2,620 km²
Admin HQ:Stafford
ISO 3166-2:GB-STS
ONS code:41
NUTS 3:UKG24
Demographics
Population
- Total (2004 est.
)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked

/ km²
Ranked
Ethnicity:97.0% White
1.7% S.Asian
Politics

Staffordshire County Council
http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/
Executive:
Members of Parliament
Charlotte Atkins, William Cash, Patrick Cormack, Janet Dean, Michael Fabricant, Paul Farrelly, Mark Fisher, Robert Flello, Brian Jenkins, David Kidney, Joan Walley, Tony Wrig
Districts
  1. Tamworth
  2. Lichfield
  3. Cannock Chase
  4. South Staffordshire
  5. Stafford
  6. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  7. Staffordshire Moorlands
  8. East Staffordshire
  9. Stoke-on-Trent (Unitary)

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 classed as a city but this is only by virtue of it having a cathedral and so is considerably smaller. Major towns include Burton upon Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cannock, Tamworth and Stafford itself.

Staffordshire is divided into a number of districts. These are Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, the Borough of Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth. Stoke-on-Trent is administered as an independent 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 from the non-metropolitan county 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.

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of the non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.
Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 6,447 209 2,349 3,889
2000 8,621 150 2,986 5,485
2003 10,169 169 3,164 6,835

Note 1: includes hunting and forestry

Note 2: includes energy and construction

Note 3: includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Note 4: Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

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

Education

Two major universities are located in the county. Keele University is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme. It is a research-intensive university with particular strengths in health and law. Staffordshire University
is located in Stoke-on-Trent and in Stafford. It has strengths in Aerospace & Aeronautics.

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

See Railways in Staffordshire

Places of interest

Amusement parks
  • Alton Towers


Churches
  • Lichfield Cathedral


Historic buildings
  • Shugborough Hall
  • Blithfield Hall
  • Dovecliff Hall
  • 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
  • Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne


Lakes, rivers and canals
  • Rudyard Lake
  • Tittesworth Reservoir
  • Chasewater
  • River Trent
  • River Blythe
  • River Churnet
  • Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Coventry Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel


Museums
  • Watermill housing Brindley Water Museum, Leek
  • Izaak Walton Cottage Museum

Parks
  • Weston Park
  • Cannock Chase
  • Hazel Slade Reserve
  • RSPB Coombes Valley
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Trentham Gardens
  • Festival Park


Railways
  • Churnet Valley Railway
  • Heritage railways: Chasewater Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway, Manifold Valley Railway
  • Rudyard Lake Steam Railway Railway's website
  • Churnet Valley Railway


Walks
  • Heart of England Way
  • Staffordshire Way

Local Groups

  • Lichfield Cricket Club
  • Port Vale F.C.
  • Stoke City F.C.
  • Tipton Harriers
  • West Midland Bird Club
  • Abbots Bromley School for Girls


This article was copied on 11 July 2006. The current version with history is available on Wikipedia.
Text on this page is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details)


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