Samuel Johnson's birthplace museum is in Lichfield, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the Irish dramatist responsible for The School for Scandal, was MP for Stafford from 1780 to 1806. Prue Leith and Delia Smith are among the celebrity chefs backing the Great British Kitchen, a £40 million scheme to be based in Stafford on the 28-acre site of a former hospital.This national centre for the culinary arts will have a college offering professional and amateur chefs' courses.
A council spokesman was in the dark, however, regarding the GBK's current status, and the project's own communications department is on the back burner.
Property values In Stafford, a three-bed semi with dining room and garage is £137,000; new three-storey mews houses start at £160,000, at John German.
The Stafford-born (1593-1683) author of The Compleat Angler shared his fishing holes with poets John Donne and George Herbert.
If he had delayed his birth by a few centuries, his companions could have been Neil Morrissey and Ozzy Osbourne. Morrissey, of Men Behaving Badly fame, was born in Stafford, and Osbourne was an erstwhile resident whose house is currently on the market.
THE LOW-DOWNGetting there Stafford has rail links with Manchester, Birmingham and London and it is about 20 minutes to the new M6 toll road.