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STAFFORDSHIRE is one of the west midland counties, having the Irish sea within 50 miles on the north-west, but sheltered by the neighbouring lands and hills; it is to the north-west of London; Stafford, the county town, is 130 miles distant, and in the neighbourhood of the manufacturing districts. The shire is bounded on the north-east by the Dove and by Derbyshire, on the south-east by Warwickshire, on the south by Worcestershire, on the west by Shropshire and on the north-west by Cheshire. The shape is that of an irregular diamond, with the greatest length from north to south.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1904