A History of the County of Stafford
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320 Pages

30.5 x 20.8 cm

55 b/w, 33 line illus.

Series: Victoria County History

Imprint: Victoria County History

A History of the County of Stafford

XII: Tamworth and Drayton Bassett

Edited by Nigel J. Tringham

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Authoritative and comprehensive history of the town of Tamworth and its environs.
In the centre of a parish with several townships, Tamworth was important for the rulers of pre-Viking Mercia and became a burh in 913 under Æthelflæd, "lady of the Mercians", who may also have installed relics of St Edith in the church there. Although a castle was built after the Norman Conquest, its lords did not control the town, which became a corporation under Elizabeth I and is now the head of a district council. Throughout its history Tamworth has functioned as a market centre, with some cloth-working and paper-making, although cotton mills, opened by Robert Peel (the later Prime Minster's father), just outside the town in the 1790s were soon moved to a canal junction to the south in Fazeley, where tape-making survived (as also in the town) until the late twentieth century.
Deposits of coal and clay exploited from the nineteenth century resulted in mining villages at Glascote and Wilnecote inthe eastern half of the parish, which lay in Warwickshire, as did half the town until transferred to Staffordshire in 1890. The Warwickshire part of the parish was added in 1965 in connection with the decision to take in a Birmingham overspill population, which together with private developments created vast housing estates, the population of "greater Tamworth" more than doubling by the early 21st century. The volume also includes the adjoining parish of Drayton Bassett, which had close links with the town and where Peel built a mansion house, demolished in the earlier twentieth century: its site is now part of a major amusement park.
"This is volume XII in the VCH's series on Staffordshire and the fifteenth published in the intended coverage. The enlightened interest and continuing sponsorship of Staffordshire County Council and Keele University that have brought the series so far place us greatly in their debt. But the notable landmark of this volume is its being the last of its diligent and resourceful editor, Nigel Tringham. It is a splendid end to a forty-year career." Medieval Settlement Research Group
"This publication is also noteworthy as probably the last VCH volume to be researched and written by a single editor. It is a tour de force and a tribute to professionalism and expertise built up over decades. Making sense of this patchwork of landownership and administration could have defeated other writers. The wealth of resources in footnotes and references is invaluable, while excellent maps add much to the volume's usefulness. A long list of acknowledgments testifies to collaborative consultation with other historians but, indisputably, this volume is the editor's own: an admirable and impressive conclusion to a VCH career of over forty years" Local Historian

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9781904356523

March 2021

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Title Details

320 Pages

3.05 x 2.08 cm

55 b/w, 33 line illus.

Series: Victoria County History

Imprint: Victoria County History