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Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands region of England. It lies approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of Wolverhampton and 18 miles (29 km) south of Stoke-on-Trent, adjacent to the M6 motorway Junction 13 to Junction 14. The population of Stafford was given in the 2001 census as 63,681, with that of the wider borough of Stafford as 124,531, making Stafford the fourth largest settlement in the Ceremonial county, after Stoke on Trent, Tamworth and Newcastle under Lyme.
Stafford has its fair share of interesting buildings, places and people. Like many towns in England, it has a well documented history. The Ancient High House, Stafford Castle, the churches of St Chad and St Mary, the great hall of Shugborough, the Shire Hall, Izaak Walton and the like, all take pride of place in Stafford's past.