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

The largest city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent, which is administered separately from the rest of the county as an independent unitary authority. Lichfield also has city status, although this is a considerably smaller cathedral city. Major towns include Stafford (the county town), Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek, and Tamworth. Smaller towns include Stone, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Rugeley, Burntwood/Chasetown, Eccleshall, Penkridge and the large villages of Wombourne, Kinver, Tutbury, Alrewas, Barton-under-Needwood, Stretton and Abbots Bromley. Cannock Chase AONB is within the county as well as parts of the National Forest and the Peak District national park.

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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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Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia was a son of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and a grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. In 1891 he contracted a morganatic marriage with Countess Sophie von Merenberg, a morganatic daughter of Prince Nicholas William of Nassau and a granddaughter of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. For contracting this marriage without permission, Emperor Alexander III of Russia, stripped him of his military titles and banished the couple from Russia.

For some years he lived in Wiesbaden, Nassau and in Cannes. He settled permanently in England in 1900, leasing Keele Hall in Staffordshire and later Kenwood House on the outskirts of London. During the ten years he lived in Staffordshire, he entered country society, and was very pleased when the town council of Newcastle-under-Lyme conferred him the distinction of Lord High Steward of the borough.

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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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