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1. History of Stafford
There is evidence that Stafford's history dates back as far as 700 AD. In the middle ages, it became an important town dealing in cloth and wool. In the 18th century, the shoe industry became big in the town, and this continued until the late 19th century, when it began to die out. After the railway came to Stafford in the Victorian era, factories began to appear - these includ...Read more
2. Now in Stafford
Today Stafford is a thriving market town, with a college and university. New businesses that have been attracted to the area include computer firms and electronic manufacturers. Architecture in the town is varied and includes two Norman churches, Tudor and Stuart half-timbered buildings, Georgian town houses, the classic Shire Hall, the French Gothic Borough Hall and the Edward...Read more
3. Events in Stafford
The Stafford Half Marathon takes place every March and attracts thousands of runners. The Stafford School and Family Fun Run is a one-mile race for children and is linked to the half marathon. Children aged 4-18 are invited to wear fancy dress, and medals are awarded. The Stafford Arts Festival takes place every year and includes events at Ancient High House and 40 other venues...Read more
4. Attractions in Stafford
Stafford's Ancient High House is a fine Tudor building that has been turned into a museum. Visitors are taken on a trip through history with rooms dedicated to different periods in time. The site is also the home of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum. Izaak Walton's Cottage is a thatched cottage that is more than 300 years old and was once the home of the celebrated author of Th...Read more
5. Things To Do in Stafford
Stafford Town Trails can be followed around the town and include a tour of historic buildings, a route taking in some of the most interesting churches and a tour of some of the sites where spooky goings on have been reported. The town trails are organised by the borough council. Step back in time with a visit to Shugborough, which is a real working historic estate. Visitors can...Read more
6. Business in Stafford
The Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford offers all the high street names in a modern setting. The other main shopping centre is Gaolgate Place. In contrast, the picturesque lanes and side streets offer smaller designer shops, restaurants and cafes. Stafford Indoor Market has over 70 stalls selling food and other items. It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays....Read more
7. Transport in Stafford
By car, Stafford is close to the M6 motorway and can be accessed by junctions 13 and 14. The A518 links to the east and the west and the A34 links to the north and south of the town. Stafford train station is on the West Coast mainline between London, the North West and Scotland with fast and frequent services to and from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool...Read more
8. Entertainment in Stafford
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has a variety of events on its calendar, including comedy, family shows, pantomimes, amateur theatre, Shakespeare plays and touring shows.
9. Famous Landmarks in Stafford
The Ancient High House was built in around 1595 and is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England. Stafford Castle is a prominent feature on the town's skyline and has a rich history to tell.
10. Interesting Facts about Stafford
Chartley Moss, on the outskirts of Stafford, is a swamp that has existed for thousands of years. It has a layer of peat and moss on the top, which makes it move. It is known as a ‘quaking bog'.
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