Stafford is a city in the county of Staffordshire in England and the administrative headquarters. It is located in the north of the West Midlands region between Wolverhampton and Stoke -on-Trent. Stafford has 63.681 inhabitants ( 2001), the surrounding district has the same name with the city together 124,000 inhabitants ( 2007 estimate).


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

Even today, a large wetland adjacent to the center of the city, which ruled in 1947 and 2000 flood over the years.


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


Since 1903 in Stafford are mainly electrical equipment, especially transformers for power stations produced and exported all over the world.


Stafford is the sister city of

  • Germany Dreieich, Hesse, since 1981
  • Spain Tarragona in Catalonia (Spain ), since 1990
  • France Belfort in the Franche -Comté (France), since 1999

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Izaak Walton (1593-1683), English biographer
  • Robert Pigot (1720-1796), British officer in the American Revolutionary War
  • Joe Hulme (1904-1991), former football and cricket players
  • Colin Cooper (1939-2008), singer and multi- instrumentalist
  • Anthony Gardner ( born 1980 ), professional football player
  • Christopher Birchall ( born 1984 ), football player trinidadischer
  • Terri Dunning (* 1985), swimming athlete
  • Jared Hodgkiss ( born 1986 ), English footballer
  • Nick Yelloly (* 1990), British racing driver