In Search of Historic Sites

707 Photographs of 70 Locations
by Craig Thornber


Arms spacer Great Gate
Arms of Staffordshire   Great Gate near Croxden



People who don't know Staffordshire often imagine it to be dominated by the Potteries in the north and the Black Country in the south. There are indeed some large industrial and former mining areas, but those who have visited Alton Towers will know that the spectacular rides are set in an area of beautiful rolling countryside. The Staffordshire Moorland area has some of the finest countryside anywhere, yet it is much less visited than the Lake District and the Derbyshire Peaks. In addition there are extensive areas of wonderful countryside in other parts of the county including the valley of the River Dove and Cannock Chase. Staffordshire also has some interesting historic market towns, including Stafford, Tamworth, Leek, Newcastle and Lichfield. These pages show photographs from some of my travels around the county. The coverage is not comprehensive or even systematic; it is idiosyncratic, depending on whim and the weather. If I enthuse about what I see it is not because I am unduly partisan being born in Lancashire and resident in Cheshire.

Abbots Bromley Croxden Abbey Ipstones Rocester
Alstonefield Dieulacres Abbey (site of) Leek Part 1 Rushton Spencer and Rudyard
Alton Village Dilhorne and Caverswall Leek Part 2 Sandon
Bagnall Eccleshall Leek Part 3 The Nicholson Institute Seighford
Barlaston Ellastone Lichfield Shugborough Hall
Biddulph Ford Green Hall Longnor Stafford
Biddulph Grange Gardens Forton Longton Swynnerton
Blore Froghall & Oakamoor Mayfield Tamworth
Blymhill Gladstone Pottery Museum Meerbrook and Tittesworth Thor's Cave and Wetton
Brewood Gnosall Milwich Trentham Gardens
Broughton Grindon Moseley Old Hall Trent Source
Burslem Hamstall Ridware Mucklestone Tunstall
Butterton Hanbury Norbury Tutbury
Cauldon Hanging Stone and Lud's Church Okeover Uttoxeter
Cheadle High Offley Onecote Warslow
Checkley Hoar Cross Penkridge Waterfall
Cheddleton Horton Ranton Abbey Weston Park
Codsall Ilam   Wootton Lodge



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