New atlas of Staffordshire tells of county’s past

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Staffordshire Atlas
Posted on 10 February 2011

A new book detailing the historical landscapes of Staffordshire is to be published next month.

An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire includes more than 300 colour maps and diagrams and traces the history of the county from before the Norman Conquest to the modern day.

Edited by Dr Antony Phillips, Reader Emeritus in Geography at Keele University, and Dr Colin Phillips, Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Manchester, the book will be published by Manchester University Press in March.

The editors began work on the volume in 2005 following the success of their 2002 project A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire.

The work was supported by generous grants from a number of Staffordshire charities: The Stanley Beaver Memorial Fund; The North Staffordshire Field Club; The Jack Leighton Charitable Settlement; The Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, Lichfield; and The Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust.

Dr Antony 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.”

The book can be ordered directly from Manchester University Press, and copies will also be available from Waterstones on Keele’s campus, priced £35. 

Download the Historical Atlas of Staffordshire flyer and order form