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Borough of Tamworth
Location in Staffordshire
Location in Staffordshire
Coordinates 52 ° 38 ′  N , 1 ° 41 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 38 ′  N , 1 ° 41 ′  W
OS National Grid SK207040
Borough of Tamworth (England)
Borough of Tamworth
Borough of Tamworth
Residents 75,600 (as of 2007)
surface 30.85 km² (11.91  mi² )
Population density 2451 inhabitants / km²
Post town TAMWORTH
ZIP code section B77, B79
prefix 01827
Part of the country England
Shire county Staffordshire
District Tamworth
ONS code 41UK
British Parliament Tamworth
Website: www.tamworth.gov.uk
Template: Infobox location in the UK / Pop-Den

Tamworth is a town with around 74,000 inhabitants in the English county of Staffordshire , around 25 km northeast of Birmingham . The name is derived from that of the River Tame , which flows through the city.

Tamworth is home to the historically significant Tamworth Castle , the Snowdome ( Great Britain's first indoor ski area ) and the Drayton Manor Theme Park . Major industries are engineering, clothing, brick and paper. Reliant automobiles were built in Tamworth from 1935 to 2001 . The US parcel service provider UPS operates its second largest logistics center in Europe in Tamworth; the parcel sorting system there can process 42,000 shipments per hour.

There has been a town partnership with Bad Laasphe since 1980 .


Tamworth has been around since Anglo-Saxon times and was sacked by the Danes in the 9th century . In order to ward off further attacks, Queen Ethelfleda of the Empire of Mercia had defenses and a castle built around the year 915. Instead of the Anglo-Saxon castle, the Normans built a new one in the 11th century, which still exists today. In 1588 Tamworth received borough status with the right to hold three annual fairs . This was confirmed by King Charles II in 1663 .

During the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, the small market town grew rapidly, mainly because of the numerous coal mines in the area. Tamworth developed into a major transport hub, in the city the Coventry Canal and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal crossed . Later the railroad was added, with the Derby - Birmingham line of the Midland Railway and the London and North Western Railway .

Tamworth town center

Prime Minister Robert Peel represented Tamworth constituency in the House of Commons from 1830 until his death in 1850 . In 1834 he had published his Tamworth Manifesto here , with which he laid the foundation for the modern Conservative Party . Historically, Tamworth was divided between the counties of Staffordshire and Warwickshire ; the border ran right through the city center. In 1888 the entire urban area became part of Staffordshire. The population has tripled since the 1940s.

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Tamworth  - album containing pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Nov 25, 2008 | News | 0: UPS opens largest UK hub. November 25, 2008, Retrieved August 20, 2020 (American English).