Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire in the West Midlands. It has a population of over 63,000 people. The town of Stafford resides 16 miles north of Wolverhampton and 18 miles south of Stoke-on-Trent.
Historically Stafford was a very popular centre for shoe-making dating back as far as 1476. Today however the town provides many jobs within electrical engineering and computer science. There are also many employment opportunities within the public sector in Stafford and the town is home to both the Staffordshire County Council and the Stafford Borough Council.
Stafford is home to a building of great architectural heritage, the Ancient High House, which is reputedly the largest remaining Elizabethan timber-framed town house in England. The house was built in 1595 by the Dorrington family and the building takes on a distinctive 'E' shape. It has also been the home of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum since 1993 and is a popular attraction within the town of Stafford.
Stafford Castle is another building of architectural and historical significance within the town of Stafford. It was built in 1100 AD and is one of the best surviving examples of Norman earthworks in the country. The castle's visitor centre gives a comprehensive overview of the history of Stafford Castle with a wealth of information including scale models of how the castle may have looked over 900 years ago.
Torquay is also the home of Beverage Brands, the owners of the popular and controversial alcoholic brand WKD, and was the home of Suttons Seeds until it relocated to the neighbouring town of Paignton in 1998.
Stafford's Victoria Park is an Edwardian Riverside park which is very popular within the town, especially during the summer months. It has been redeveloped and now includes a new children's play area amongst other things. Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is an entertainment venue within the town which is very popular for performances including live music and stand-up comedy. Other leisure activities within Stafford include its golf course, cinemas, restaurants, bars and Stafford leisure centre which has its own 25 metre pool amongst much more.
There are three major shopping centres in Torquay: Fleet Walk is a stylish undercover shopping centre, Union Square also is an undercover shopping centre and further afield is The Willows, a huge out of town shopping centre.
The Market Forum which was built in 1852 houses a number of shop units and barrows loaded with food, clothes, furniture and antiques – it's also a great place to find local produce.