On Staffordshire Past Track you can explore Staffordshire's history through photographs, images, maps and documents, using a range of easy to use search tools.

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Staffordshire Past Track

On Staffordshire Past Track you can explore photographs, images, film clips, maps and audio clips using a range of easy to use search tools. You can also visit a range of on-line exhibitons on aspects of Staffordshire's history. Managed by Staffordshire County Council's Archives & Heritage Service.
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Staffordshire Past TrackFriday, January 20th, 2017 at 5:39pm
Can you help us identify the location of this view? Taken by Longton photographer William Blake, we believe it was taken somewhere near Longton, but we're not sure where exactly.
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Staffordshire Past TrackWednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 4:55pm
At 12:26 on 6 January 1968 a serious rail accident occurred at the level crossing just outside Hixon when the inter-city Manchester to London express hit a lorry. The lorry, which had a police escort, was carrying a transformer to the English Electric depot on the disused Hixon airfield. Tragically, 11 people were killed (8 passengers and 3 railwaymen) and 45 were injured, 6 seriously. The level crossing was replaced by a bridge in 2002. Image courtesy of Hixon Local History Society.
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Staffordshire Past TrackMonday, January 16th, 2017 at 9:05am
Proper snow! St. Edward Street, Leek in about 1910. A postcard image from Leek Library's collections.
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Staffordshire Past TrackSaturday, January 14th, 2017 at 5:00pm
Are you interested in old maps? www.staffspasttrack.org.uk has a wide range of historic maps of Staffordshire, the earliest being Christopher Saxton's county map of 1577. This strip map by John Ogilby was first published in 'Brittania' in 1675. Ogilby's maps set a new pattern for route maps. They were innovative and sophisticated in design and were accurately surveyed. Using a statute mile of 1,760 yards, Ogilby set the 1 inch to 1 mile standard.

This map shows a stretch of the London to Holyhead road as it passed through Staffordshire. It shows the stretch between Lichfield and Chester, and features Lichfield, Rugeley, Great Haywood and Stone. You can zoom in and look at the detail on the Staffordshire Past Track website.
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Staffordshire Past TrackThursday, January 12th, 2017 at 5:33pm
Minnie Pit will ever be remembered as the most infamous in the North Staffordshire coal field due to the heavy loss of life it incurred on 12th January 1918. This was the third disaster at the pit and was the worst one in the areas’ mining history. 155 miners lost their lives. This postcard view from Brampton Museum's collections was taken shortly after the explosion.