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Staffordshire

John Cannon and Robert Crowcroft

in A Dictionary of British History

Third edition


Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191758027

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is one of the counties most affected by the industrial revolution. The county town has never dominated the shire. In pre‐Conquest days, it was overshadowed by Tamworth and Lichfield, in modern times by the Black Country towns and the Potteries. The core of the county is the river Trent. The northern parts of the shire are hilly, running up to the Peak District. Cannock Chase, south‐east of Stafford, was for centuries almost impassable, and the Staffordshire rivers were not navigable until the 18th cent. Even as late as the 19th cent., ...

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Subjects: British History

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