New Book Celebrates Tamworth Role in the Hoard?s History

Posted by Andy Whiles on August 25, 2011 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


An exclusive new book charting Tamworth’s important role in the Staffordshire Hoard’s story is now on sale.

Stephen Pollington, a celebrated Anglo Saxon historian, lecturer and author, has written ‘Tamworth, the Ancient Capital of Mercia’.

From bloody battles to religion and politics, the illustrated, 64-page book, looks at the history of Tamworth as the ancient capital of Mercia and charts the area’s historical significance. It is on sale at the town’s TIC and at Tamworth Castle, priced £5. Any profits will help to fund new and existing heritage projects.

‘Tamworth, the ancient Capital of Merica’ was commissioned by Tamworth Borough Council, and supported by Tamworth Lions Club, Rotary Club of Tamworth, Rotary Club of Tamworth Anker and Soroptimist International.

And according to author Stephen Pollington: “Tamworth was the capital of the kingdom of Mercia for many centuries. Its wealth and power were widely known across northern Europe in the 7th to 10th centuries.

“In July 2009 a fantastic hoard of gold, jewels and silver worthy of a king’s treasury were found near the town. It comprised more than 1,000 pieces, all taken from the highest-ranking warrior equipment and probably from one warm. What is the connection of the Staffordshire Hoard to Tamworth who buried these reassures on a hillside above a major road and why?”

Stephen Pollington recently visited Tamworth to present ‘The Dark Ages – the Myths Dispelled’ at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

The Staffordshire Hoard will be on display at Tamworth Castle for three weeks, between August 27th and September 18th. This is the last time people will be able to see this interpretation of the Hoard in the UK for some time as its next stop in Washington DC. A permanent Hoard display will remain at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

It is free to see the exhibition – the last few tickets can be snapped up from Tamworth’s Tourist Information Centre, Corporation Street.

Staffordshire Hoard. Dan Snow visits Tamworth Castle

Posted by Andy Whiles on July 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM Comments comments (0)

The BBC’s ‘History Hunter’, Dan Snow, visited the castle in a bid to unlock historical secrets behind the Staffordshire Hoard.

The programme saw TV historian Dan Snow travel across the old Kingdom of Mercia, in a bid to unravel the history of the Staffordshire Hoard – one of Britain’s most significant discoveries.

Dan spent the morning at Tamworth Castle, exploring the significance of the Staffordshire Hoard and the important historic role Tamworth has in the story.

Following the visit he thanked Tamworth Castle and staff for their help via Twitter, saying: “Thanks Tamworth! You will always be the perfect small castle on which the sun always shines.”

The exhibition will arrive at Tamworth Castle on 27 August to 18 September before making its way to America.

More than 40 items from the Staffordshire Hoard – including the pectoral cross, the biblical inscription and the seahorse – will be on display during the exhibition.

The visit to Tamworth Castle coincides with the Summer Festival which this year has a Saxon theme and celebrates Tamworth as the ancient capital of Mercia.

Tickets to see the Staffordshire Hoard are available, free of charge, from the Tamworth Information Centre, based in the Philip Dix Centre, Corporation Street. Telephone 01827 709581/618 or email

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