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The town was later captured by the Parliamentarians, while a small-scale battle was fought at nearby Hopton.Stafford later fell to the Parliamentarians, as did Stafford Castle, following a six-week siege.The town's most famous son is Izaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler, who was a staunch Royalist.In 1658 Stafford elected John Bradshaw, the man who judged the trial of King Charles I, to represent the town in Parliament.She and her younger brother King Edward the Elder of Wessex, both children of King Alfred the Great and Ealhswith, wife of Æthelred, ealdorman of the Angles of Mercia, were attempting to complete their father King Alfred the Great's programme of unifying England into a single kingdom.Æthelflæd was a formidable military leader and tactician, and she sought to protect and extend the northern and western frontiers of her overlordship of Mercia against the Danish Vikings, by fortifying burhs, including Tamworth and Stafford in 913, and Runcorn on the River Mersey in 915 among others, while King Edward the Elder concentrated on the east, wresting East Anglia and Essex from the Danes.

Stafford Castle was built by the Normans on the nearby hilltop to the west in about 1090.There is still a large area of marshland northwest of the town, which has always been subject to flooding, such as in 1947, 20.Until recently it was thought that the remains of a wooden preaching cross from this time had been found under the remains of St Bertelin's chapel, next to the later collegiate Church of St Mary in the centre of the town.In late 918 Aelfwynn, Æthelflæd's daughter, was deprived of her authority over Mercia and taken to Wessex.The project for the unification of England took another step forward.

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It was first made of wood, and later rebuilt of stone.