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Stafford,

city (1991 pop. 60,915) and district, Staffordshire, W central England, on the Sow River, above its junction with the Trent. Stafford's chief industry is the manufacture of electrical goods; other products are concrete, shoes and shoe-repairing machinery, and salt. The county seat of Staffordshire, the city has several half-timbered houses and two old churches that were restored by George Gilbert ScottScott, Sir George Gilbert,
1811–78, English architect. Prominent in the Gothic revival, he designed many public structures. He also directed a vast amount of Gothic restoration work, beginning with renovations of Ely Cathedral (1847) and including Westminster Abbey (where
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. Izaak WaltonWalton, Izaak,
1593–1683, English writer. He wrote one of the most famous books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation.
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 was born there; his cottage at nearby Shallowford is a museum. Richard SheridanSheridan, Richard Brinsley,
1751–1816, English dramatist and politician, b. Dublin. His father, Thomas Sheridan, was an actor and teacher of elocution and his mother, Frances Sheridan, published two novels and a successful play.
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 represented Stafford in Parliament from 1780 to 1806.
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Stafford

 

a city and administrative district in Staffordshire, Great Britain, on the Trent River. Population, 113,200 (1973). Railroad junction and center for the electrical engineering industry.

In the 18th and 19th centuries Stafford was one of the most important centers of English folk art. Staffordshire, a type of ceramic ware covered with a salt glaze, was produced in the city. The figurines depicted animals, birds, soldiers, sailors, folk heroes, genre scenes, religious scenes, or political events. In the 19th century the use of plaster molds and overglazes was widespread.

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Stafford

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Sir Edward William. 1819--1901, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1856--61; 1865--69; 1872)

Stafford

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a market town in central England, administrative centre of Staffordshire. Pop.: 63 681 (2001)
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