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Stafford town center
Stafford town center
Coordinates 52 ° 48 ′  N , 2 ° 7 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 48 ′  N , 2 ° 7 ′  W
Stafford (England)
Residents 63,681 United Kingdom Census 2001
Post town STAFFORD
ZIP code section ST16 - ST21
prefix 01785
Part of the country England
region West Midlands
Shire county Staffordshire
District Stafford
Ancient high house
Stafford Castle

Stafford is a town in the county of Staffordshire in England and its administrative seat. It is located in the north of the West Midlands region between Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent . Stafford has 63,681 inhabitants (as of 2001), the surrounding district of the same name together with the city has 124,000 inhabitants (as of 2007, estimate).


The historic settlement was on an island in the middle of the marshland of the Sow River, a tributary of the Trent . In 913 Stafford was fortified by Ethelfleda , daughter of King Alfred the Great , to ward off the Danes. In the 11th century, Stafford Castle was built by the Normans on a nearby hill . It has been rebuilt twice, but has been in ruins since the 19th century.

A large wetland area still borders the center of the city, which was flooded in 1947 and 2000.


The Elizabethian-style Ancient High House is on the main shopping street, Greengate Street . It is the largest and probably the oldest half-timbered house in England.


Since 1903, electrical systems, especially transformers for power stations, have been manufactured in Stafford and exported all over the world.

Near Hixon, about 10 km east of Stafford, the Hixon Airfield, formerly the Royal Air Force Station Hixon, RAF Hixon for short , is used as an industrial area. There are almost 40,000 m² of covered space here. One of the main users is the company EnviroStik.

Town twinning

Stafford lists the following seven twin cities :

city country since
Belfort FranceFrance Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France 1999
Dreieich GermanyGermany Hessen, Germany 1981
La Roë FranceFrance Pays de la Loire, France
Rimbach GermanyGermany Hessen, Germany
Skarżysko-Kamienna PolandPoland Holy Cross, Poland 1992
Stafford United StatesUnited States Virginia, United States 1994
Tarragona SpainSpain Catalonia, Spain 1990

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Stafford  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stafford Borough Council - Town Twinning. Retrieved July 28, 2017 .