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