Famous People Discover some of the fascinating people who have lived in and around the Tame valley Wetlands. Godiva (or Godgifu) was the wife of Leofric, the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Mercia, one of the most powerful men in England. Sir Robert Peel was the MP for Tamworth from 1830 until his death in 1850. William Dugdale was an antiquarian scholar who was influential in the development of medieval history as an academic subject. John Smeaton was chief engineer during the construction of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Francis Willughby was a pioneering ornithologist who championed a scientific approach to the study of birds. Charles Bowyer Adderley was a Conservative politician and wealthy philanthropist, who lived at Hams Hall, near Coleshill. Offa was the most powerful Anglo-Saxon king until Alfred the Great.