Within the West Midlands of England lies the beautiful city of Stafford. It is a perfect place for a break in your journey, especially if you are exploring this area of England as it is only 16 miles north of Wolverhampton and 18 miles south of Stoke-on-Trent. The city’s name translates to landing place as the original settlement was built on a dry sand and gravel peninsula. This was a main crossing point of the marshy surrounding valley of the River Sow, which is a tributary of the River Trent.
The city of Stafford is thought to have originally been founded in 700 AD and as such, offers visitors hundreds of historic sites popular for travel. On such great place to explore while you are here is Stafford Castle. It was built on a hilltop nearby the town center in 1090. The castle was original made of wood but was later rebuilt in stone. Like any ancient castles, this castle has been rebuilt twice due to damage over time. For those that wish to tour it there is a visitor center as well as audio visual displays and hands on displays. If you are visiting in the summer you will be afforded a treat as they recreate a medieval herb garden and have Shakespeare productions that take place on the castle grounds.
Located in the town center is the Elizabethan Ancient High House. The largest timber framed house in all of England it is now a museum that has revolving exhibitions. The oldest building is in the town center of Stafford is St. Chad’s Church. Dating back to the 12th century, it was originally designed by stone mason’s form the Middle East who settled in the area during the Crusades. Sadly much of the carvings done during this time to the archways and pillars were covered up in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the church took on a more Neo-Classical style. In the 19th century restoration was started on the church and the original decoration was discovered, and they have since tried to restore some of its originality. Of course if you are planning more than just a brief stopover here, make sure to check out the nightlife. There are many smaller bars and club venues that are located throughout the city. Just because you are not in a major metropolitan area, doesn’t mean that people don’t know how to kick up their heels and have a little fun after the sun goes down.
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