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It lies approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of Wolverhampton, 18 miles (29 km) south of Stoke-on-Trent and 24 miles (39 km) north-west of Birmingham.The population in 2001 was 63,681 Stafford means 'ford' by a 'staithe' (landing place).Website enquiries If you need to contact us regarding our website or our Apps please contact the News Desk on 02838 395577 or email [email protected] Letters You may submit a letter to be published by hard copy but preferably by email.All letters should be limited to a maximum of 500 words and we reserve the right to edit your submission.Æthelflæd was a formidable military leader and tactician, and she sought to protect and extend the northern and western frontiers of her overlordship of Mercia against the Danish Vikings, by fortifying burhs, including Tamworth and Stafford in 913, and Runcorn on the River Mersey in 915 among others, while King Edward the Elder concentrated on the east, wresting East Anglia and Essex from the Danes.Anglo-Saxon women could play powerful roles in society; Æthelflæd's death effectively ended the relative independence of Mercia.Younger visitors can get to grips with microscopes and see some of the unusual tools that a conservator uses while working with these precious objects.In addition, visitors can peek into Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ showing how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived.

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Until recently it was thought that the remains of a wooden preaching cross from this time had been found under the remains of St Bertelin's chapel, next to the later collegiate Church of St Mary in the centre of the town.

Recent re-examination of the evidence shows this was a misinterpretation – it was a tree-trunk coffin placed centrally in the first, timber, chapel at around the time Æthelflæd founded the burh, in 913 AD.

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