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ISBN: 9780857042958
AUTHOR: Andrew Beardmore
Staffordshire Unusual & Quirky
Staffordshire Unusual & Quirky
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Staffordshire probably conjures up images of heavy industry courtesy of the Black Country and the Potteries, albeit with a rich and fascinating history underpinning these two former powerhouse areas.

The county is also home to stunning countryside, though, from the Staffordshire Moorlands part of the Peak District in the north-east, to the valleys and rolling hills of central Staffordshire, to the rocky outcrops of the south-west; a beautifully diverse county.

However, lurking not far beneath the surface, there is also a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing.

Therefore even the Conventional Staffordshire section sees its County History interspersed with the book’s idiosyncratic “Quirk Alerts”; like an anecdote about Hobbits popping up in prehistoric times and how a certain Roaring Meg interceded between a divided family during the English Civil War!

Naturally, though, it is the Quirky Staffordshire section where things turn very strange, and where a seemingly random almanac of 94 Staffordshire places have their quirkiest facts laid bare: like which town has a noisy peace memorial, which village is home to Britain’s unluckiest church, which one was home to the vicious Sleep Rouser and which one had a man who danced for a dozen days. Then there’s the Staffordshire constituency that returned the oldest-ever MP (aged 93), the village that suffered the largest non-nuclear explosion on British soil, and the town which saw its brand-spanking new canal lock destroyed by the very cannon that was supposed to be heralding its grand opening!

Alternatively, find out which ancient customs involve one thousand year-old reindeer horns, teapots, brass statues and a goose! If you think you know Staffordshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book and think again…

Derby-born Andrew Beardmore spent his formative years nurturing his love of sport, history and geography in his home county of Derbyshire. Nevertheless, it was Computer Science in which he graduated, with a First Class honours degree, before embarking on a 28-year career in I.T. Now married with two children, Andrew still works as a full-time I.T. Capacity Manager, and writes in his spare time. Staffordshire: Unusual & Quirky is his fourth book that reunites those three childhood loves of sport, history and geography, following on from previous Unusual & Quirky releases focusing on Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire and Rutland.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 295 8, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2016.

Leicestershire And Rutland Unusual & QuirkyLeicestershire And Rutland Unusual & Quirky - £19.99

Leicestershire and Rutland is home to some of England’s best kept secrets: beautiful countryside, pretty, quintessentially English villages, and a rich and diverse history.However, as Andrew Beardmore reveals, lurking not far beneath the surface of both counties is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing.....

Nottinghamshire Unusual & QuirkyNottinghamshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Nottinghamshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again…
Derbyshire Unusual & QuirkyDerbyshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Derbyshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again...
Unusual Railway PubsUnusual Railway Pubs - £16.99
The author, Bob Barton, has spent five years visiting remarkable hostelries where cask ale and coffee is served along with generous portions of railway heritage and now you can too, with the help of this lavishly illustrated guide.
Moods of StaffordshireMoods of Staffordshire - £14.99
Staffordshire has many ancient towns, with the cathedral city of Lichfield and Tamworth probably the best examples. Nearby, the heaths of Cannock Chase gives countryside recreation to thousands. Its southern boundaries border the Black Country, and offer historic, industrial and rural landscapes. Van Greaves’s stunning photography in this beautiful book will undoubtedly lure many more to this deserving region.
Web Price: £19.99
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