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(ˈstæfədˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
(Placename) a county of central England: lowlands in the east and south rise to the Pennine uplands in the north; important in the history of industry, coal and iron having been worked at least as early as the 13th century. In 1974 the industrial area in the S passed to the new county of West Midlands; Stoke-on-Trent became an independent unitary authority in 1997. Administrative centre: Stafford. Pop (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 811 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 2624 sq km (1013 sq miles)


(ˈstæf ərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər)

a county in central England. 1,047,400; 1154 sq. mi. (2715 sq. km). Also called Stafford, Staffs (stafs).
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Bright sunshine met our exit from Dilhorne next morning as we took off for Blackbrook Zoological Park in Winkhill.
75 Blackbrook Zoological Park Winkhill, Leek, Staffordshire 01538 308293 www.
The giant bird, which was born in captivity, flew out of his enclosure at Blackbrook Zoological Park, in Winkhill, near Leek, Staffordshire, sparking a nationwide bird-watch in August.