|Residents||63,681 United Kingdom Census 2001|
|ZIP code section||ST16 - ST21|
|Part of the country||England|
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.
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.
Stafford lists the following seven twin cities :
|La Roë||Pays de la Loire, France|
|Skarżysko-Kamienna||Holy Cross, Poland||1992|
|Stafford||Virginia, United States||1994|
sons and daughters of the town
- Izaak Walton (1593-1683), English biographer
- Robert Pigot (1720–1796), British officer in the American War of Independence
- Thomas C. Chattoe (1890–1982), Canadian organist, choir director and music teacher
- Joe Hulme (1904–1991), former soccer and cricketer
- Colin Cooper (1939–2008), multi-instrumentalist, singer and founding member of the Climax Blues Band
- Peter Haycock (1951–2013), guitarist with the Climax Blues Band
- Patrick McLoughlin (* 1957), British Minister for Transport
- Stephen Wright (* 1970), clergyman and Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop in Birmingham
- Anthony Gardner (* 1980), professional footballer
- Chris Birchall (* 1984), Trinidadian football player
- Terri Dunning (* 1985), swimmer
- Jared Hodgkiss (* 1986), English football player
- Nick Yelloly (* 1990), British racing driver
- Stafford Borough Council - Town Twinning. Retrieved July 28, 2017 .