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Tamworth in General
Member Name: dopey copey
Tamworth in General
Date: 09/12/00, updated on 24/12/00 (183 review reads)
Advantages: Small and not so crowded town
Disadvantages: attractions might get crowded
Tamworth is located at latitude 52 37' 55" and longitude -1 41' 34". in other words a few miles Northeast of Birmingham. Tamworth is on the junction of two rivers, The Tame and the Anker, And gets its name from a Celtic word "Tame", a word which means shallow stream or river and a Saxon word "Worthe" which means farm or habitation. Tamworth has existed since ancient times and maybe even before 43 AD. Wow, Now that's old. and was once a capital of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia.
Tamworth has a castle in the town centre which has a Norman Keep and a Jacobean Great Hall, There is also a museum of local history. The castle is also reported to have its own ghost, Although I have never seen it myself and to be honest don't wont to. There is also a town hall which was built in 1701 and a church called St Editha's which has an unusual double spiral staircase.
Tamworth in the late 1900's was a town of industry, with agricultural engineering, paper manufacture, clothing, brick and aluminium factories. These days I feel the town is moving towards business and leisure developments.
Tamworth is now home to a population of around 75,000 and today's people can enjoy a wide range of facilities. Among them the highly popular artificial snow slope known as the Snow Dome. There is also Strikers bowling centre and a 10 screen UCI cinema. And for the adults there are plenty pubs and clubs and a night-club. If you like water sports you can go to Kingsbury Water Park, Which is just outside Tamworth, to enjoy some boating or wind surfing. or you could take the family to Drayton Manor family theme park. You must be able to find something to do here.
On the shopping side you have the town centre with many small shops and well known chain stores some of them in the Ankerside Shopping Centre. Dotted around town and on the outskirts are many superstores selling anything from food, carpets, household
furniture, craft and hobbies, pet accessories and much more, And there are new stores going up all the time. Tamworth market runs twice a week on Saturday's and Tuesday's. Well all those shops will keep the shopaholic's in our life's happy.
If by some chance you can't find anything to do you could go to Birmingham, There are plenty of ways to get there. By road you can use the M42, A38 and the new A5 bypass. There is a bus station in the town centre with a regular service to Birmingham. And a train station not far from the centre. Just hope the trains run OK and the rails don't need fixing, (LOL).
I've lived here for 12 years + and find it much better than the over crowded cities. So why not pay us a visit and see for yourself.