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Tamworth is a historic town in Staffordshire England which has a population of around 72,000. Tamworth is located 17 miles (25km) north-east from the centre of the UKs second city of Birmingham. Tamworth gained it's name from the River Tame, which flows through the town.

Tamworth is the home of a historic castle (See below), and has a minorly successful non-league football team by the name of Tamworth FC[?].

The town's main industries include: engineering, paper, clothing, and brick and tile manufacturing.

History

Tamworth came into being in the 11th century, when a Norman castle was built on the site of the modern day town. See Tamworth Castle

The town grew rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries. during the Industrial Revolution, due largely to the surrounding coal mines. And it also became a hub of the canal network, with the Coventry Canal and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal being built through the town.

Victorian Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel served as the town's MP from 1830 until his death in 1850.

Tamworth was in the county of Warwickshire until 1974, when the county boundaries were changed.



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