Famous People

Discover some of the fascinating people who have lived in and around the Tame valley Wetlands.

Charles Adderely (1814 – 1905)
Charles Bowyer Adderley was a Conservative politician and wealthy philanthropist, who lived at Hams Hall, near Coleshill.
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Sir Robert Peel (1788 – 1850)
Sir Robert Peel was the MP for Tamworth from 1830 until his death in 1850.
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Francis Willughby (1635 – 1672)
Francis Willughby was a pioneering ornithologist who championed a scientific approach to the study of birds.
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William Dugdale  (1605 – 1686)
William Dugdale was an antiquarian scholar who was influential in the development of medieval history as an academic subject.
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King Offa (d 796)
Offa was the most powerful Anglo-Saxon king until Alfred the Great.
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John Seaton (1724 – 1792)
John Smeaton was chief engineer during the construction of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
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Lady Godiva (d 1067)
Godiva (or Godgifu) was the wife of Leofric, the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Mercia, one of the most powerful men in England.
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