Stafford is an emblematic English name. It means: the ford ( gué, vado) by the wharf, in memory of its land offering an anchor point by the river Sow.
Beyond the city itself, which is what this page is about, and giving rise to one shire, this is also the street in Wolverhampton where we live (at n°182) and the University, where we work, was founded as the technical institute of Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. Now Wulfruna's city is disconnected from this shire and is part of the West Midlands instead.
We visited the city on 30 July (2017). This was a Sunday, so churches and the Ancient High Houses remained closed to us. Still this didn't leave us time to see everything we could have (including the mill).
This timber house (the Ancient High House) is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England .
It used to be an important Saxon site, maybe one home to Æthelflæd.
Its fate has not always been very happy and its uncertain standing even made it believed to have been meant as a folly, the worst outrage you can make to a castle.