Exciting times for Staffordshire Past Track. The Staffordshire County Council’s Museum Service and ICT Web Development team have redesigned the site to ensure its long term future, and to make it suitable for use on phones, tablets and PCs. It features higher resolution images, improved search facilities, a greater range of historic and modern mapping, and lots more resources relating to Staffordshire’s history and heritage – now over 28,000 and counting.
Here is a small selection of a series of watercolours of churches in the Stone area recently added to Staffordshire Past Track, painted by an unknown artist in 1857. They are part of a set of around 300 paintings commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral between 1857 and 1861, recording the interior and exterior of every church in the county in Lichfield Diocese.
Although by no means great works of art, they provide a fascinating glimpse of Staffordshire’s parish churches before many were ‘Victorianised’, extended or rebuilt in the later 19th century. We will have a look at some of the churches around Eccleshall in a later edition. We are grateful to the Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral for permission to reproduce these pictures.
These paintings and many others will soon available on the Staffordshire Past Track website (www.staffspasttrack.org.uk). If you have any images to lend, or any extra information, please contact the Past Track team: Staffordshire Past Track, Staffordshire Archives & Heritage, Shugborough, Milford, Stafford ST17 0XB. Telephone 01889 881388. email: email@example.com . You can also keep up to date with what’s new on Past Track by ‘liking’ our facebook page.