The Peel SocietyREGISTERED CHARITY No. 509865
England B77 4NW
Tamworth, the ancient capital of Mercia, is now a modern, bustling town in Middle England. Its centre, neverthless, still accomodates its historic Norman castle, the splendid parish church of St.Editha and Thomas Guy's town hall. The Borough Council's active promotion of tourism in recent years has resulted in significant and growing numbers of visitors to this fine, historic town.
Tamworth has excellent communications by road and rail and is only 20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport.
Tamworth Castle has been voted by the UK public as one of Britain's Best Historic sites and achieved 4th place. The castle was the only one in the top ten. Over the centuries there have been many reports of paranormal activity in and around the Castle. From time to time volunteers along with mediums and castle staff spend the evening using equipment to record changes in temperature and activity. This is carried out in small groups in key rooms in the Castle.
Other attractions in and around Tamworth include:
The SnowDome, Europe's first indoor real snow ski slope, offers skiing, snow mobiles, snowboarding and tobogganing for the adventurous.
Sir Robert Peel
Drayton Manor Theme Park with its host of thrilling rides, has the world's first stand-up tower drop and Europe's only stand-up rollercoaster.
Kingsbury Water Park, the 620 acre Country Park offers an opportunity to study wildlife. With its many miles of surfaced footpaths beside landscaped lakes, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs it caters for individuals or families. Four bird hides overlook the quiet Nature Reserve at the Broomey Croft area of the park. Well over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the park, which has one of the largest inland breeding colonies of Common Terns in the country.
The statue to the memory of Sir Robert Peel outside Tamworth Town Hall is one of 16 statues erected in the United Kingdom shortly after his untimely death 1850. They could be found as far afield as London in the south and Montrose in the north. The contributions for these statues came from poor and rich alike, such was the depth of regard in which he was held.
He is remembered for many notable Acts of Parliament and policies, such as Catholic Emancipation in 1829, the first party political manifesto, known as the "Tamworth Manifesto" and the repeal of the Corn Laws, enabling the growing working class to enjoy cheaper food. Also in 1892 he was responsible for the founding of the Metropolitan Police force and is remembered in our daily life by policemen being called "Bobbies", a nickname for the new police in London, which has stuck. In his time policemen were sometimes also called "Peelers".