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Staffordshire ( /ˈstæfərdʃɪər, -ʃər/; postal abbreviation Staffs.) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, the West Midlands County and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.

The largest settlement in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent, which is administered as an independent unitary authority, separately from the rest of the county. Lichfield is a cathedral city. Other major settlements include Stafford, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rugeley, Leek, and Tamworth. ( Full article...)

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A selection of highlight pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard (top) and a gold sword hilt fitting with cloisonné garnet inlay (below), uncleaned by conservators, still showing traces of soil

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. Discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, on 5 July 2009, it consists of over 3,500 items that are nearly all martial in character and contains no objects specific to female uses. The artefacts have tentatively been dated to the 7th or 8th centuries, placing the origin of the items in the time of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. Experts have produced a range of theories as to where the hoard came from and how it came to be deposited, and whether the objects were made for Christians or pagans. The average quality of the workmanship is extremely high and especially remarkable in view of the large number of individual objects, such as swords or helmets, from which the elements in the hoard came.

The hoard has been described by Leslie Webster, former keeper of the department of prehistory at the British Museum, as "absolutely the metalwork equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells." She stated further that "this is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England as radically, if not more so, as the Sutton Hoo discoveries." Dr Roger Bland, Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, said, "It is a fantastically important discovery. It is assumed that the items were buried by their owners at a time of danger with the intention of later coming back and recovering them."

The hoard was valued at £3.285 million and has now been purchased by the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

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Robbie Williams is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He is a member of the pop group Take That, but has found greater commercial success as a solo artist.

Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch a hugely successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK. Williams also released seven number-one singles and found similar success across Europe. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That. The group's subsequent album became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century so far. He continues to perform both as a member of Take That and as a solo artist.

Williams has sold more than 77 million albums and singles worldwide. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom, and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day. He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards—more than any other artist—and eight ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s." Williams is married to actress Ayda Field. He has a net worth of £130 million (2014).

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Keele Hall, a former stately home on the outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme was bought by the Keele University in 1948. In the early 20th century, the exiled Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia lived in the hall.

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 Towns &  Districts STAFFORDSHIRE | PLACES | CIVIL PARISHES | Cannock Chase | East Staffordshire | Lichfield | Newcastle-under-Lyme | South Staffordshire | Stafford | Staffordshire Moorlands | Tamworth 
 History HISTORY  | Staffordshire Hoard  | Tamworth Castle  | Stafford Castle  | Tutbury Castle  | Chartley Castle  | MILITARY HISTORY | Battle of Hopton Heath  | South Staffordshire Regiment  North Staffordshire Regiment  | Staffordshire Yeomanry 
 Sights PLACES OF INTEREST | Drayton Manor Theme Park  | Alton Towers  | Rudyard Lake Steam Railway  | CASTLES & HISTORIC HOUSES | Ancient High House  | Barlaston Hall | Barlaston Hall | Barlaston Hall | Tixall Gatehouse | Alton Castle  | Blithfield Hall  | Wootton Lodge  | Erasmus Darwin House  | Hospital of St John Baptist without the Barrs  | Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum  | Ford Green Hall  | Himley Hall  | GRADE I LISTED BUILDINGS | GRADE II* LISTED BUILDINGS | Grade II* listed buildings in Cannock Chase (district)  | Grade II* listed buildings in Cannock Chase (district)  | Grade II* listed buildings in East Staffordshire  | Grade II* listed buildings in Lichfield (district)  | Grade II* listed buildings in Newcastle-under-Lyme (borough)  | Grade II* listed buildings in South Staffordshire  | Grade II* listed buildings in Stafford (borough)  | Grade II* listed buildings in Staffordshire Moorlands  | Grade II* listed buildings in Stoke-on-Trent  | Grade II* listed buildings in Tamworth (borough) 
 Sport &  Recreation SPORTING TEAMS | Stoke City F.C. | Port Vale F.C. | SPORTING VENUES | Britannia Stadium | Victoria Ground | Vale Park  | SPORTING EVENTS | Potteries derby  | RECREATION | Scouting 
 Transport CANALS | Caldon Canal  | Bridgewater Canal  | Trent and Mersey Canal  | Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal  | Hatherton Canal  | Lichfield Canal  | Shropshire Union Canal  | Sir Nigel Gresley's Canal  | Stourbridge Extension Canal  | Birmingham and Fazeley Canal  | RAIL  | Stoke-on-Trent railway station  | Lichfield City railway station  | Stafford railway station  | West Coast Main Line  | ROADS | M6  | M6 Toll  | M54  | M64  | A50  | A34 
 Education &  Services SCHOOLS | List of schools in Stoke-on-Trent  | UNIVERSITIES | Keele University | Staffordshire University | SERVICES | Fire and Rescue | Police | Severn Trent
 Culture &  Media LITERATURE | Arnold Bennett | Anna of the Five Towns | Clayhanger  | THEATRE | Regent Theatre | New Vic Theatre | Lichfield Garrick Theatre  | NEWSPAPERS | The Sentinel | Burton Mail | RADIO | BBC Radio Stoke | Signal 1 | Signal 2 | Stafford FM | Windmill Broadcasting | 6 Towns Radio 
 Religion RELIGION | Grade I listed churches in Staffordshire | Bishop of Lichfield | Lichfield Cathedral | Diocese of Lichfield | Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham

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