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Staffordshire historical atlas tells of county's past
Staffordshire landscape from 1850
The work includes contemporary illustrations as well as maps

A major new book, outlining one thousand years of Staffordshire's history in 300 detailed maps, is being published by Manchester University.

An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire traces the county's history from before the Norman Conquest to the modern day.

The book, which marks a milestone in Staffordshire historiography, has been six years in the making.

The work, co-edited by Dr Antony Phillips of Keele University, was supported by a number of charities.

Previous project

Dr Antony Phillips, Reader Emeritus in Geography at Keele University, and Dr Colin Phillips, Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Manchester, began work on the volume in 2005, following on from their 2002 project, A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire.

Dr Phillips said: "The atlas demonstrates the great variety in the history and in consequence the landscapes of the county.

"So many people associate the county with industry, the industrial revolution, and the creation of the Black Country and Potteries conurbations, but there is so much more to the county than these important facets.

"In producing the atlas we came to appreciate the importance of the county in early medieval times, the vital role of the cathedral centre of Lichfield, the range of farming systems and landscapes, and the cultural diversity to be found in the county throughout its history."

Detailed maps

The maps illustrate a wide variety of topics and events including crime in the county in the 18th Century; the role of mills in the Domesday economy; the provision of 19th Century urban housing; the role of friendly and building societies; and even the distribution of riots.

There are a number of illustrations in the text which are all contemporary with the theme being discussed.

A large-scale fold-out map of the ancient parishes and townships of Staffordshire is included.

The 200-page book is being published by Manchester University Press.


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