Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire in England. It lies in the north of the West Midlands region, between Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent.
Stafford is famous for its Ancient High House, Izaak Walton's cottage and Stafford Castle.
There has been a permanent settlement in the Stafford area since around 900-700bc. The 18th century saw Stafford develop as a town of trade and production. A minor pottery industry had developed and a much larger shoe industry flourished. The shoe industry dominated Stafford's industry until the late 19th century and put Stafford on the map as a major Town in England.
The 20th century saw Stafford move into the modern era. As the traditional shoe industries died, new and more large-scale industries moved in. These included large scale electrical companies, glue manufacturers, steam industries and wood yards. During the second world war a Stafford company produced tanks and shortly after a large scale munitions and storage yard was setup for the military.
Through the 60's,70's and early 80's the inner group of industries declined and the sites they once occupied were converted to housing or commercial premises. Newer and more up market industries moved into the new "industrial estates" which attracted a whole new type of industry and person to Stafford. New housing projects and more industrial estates cropped up and the town expanded rapidly.
Over the past decade the town developed a technology and entertainment industry whilst maintaining it's core manufacturing industries. The polytechnic was given University status and a new hospital was built in the east of the town.
History courtesy of Stafford Town Website