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Tamworth means enclosure on the Rive Tame. Tame possibly derives from a Celtic river-name meaning the dark one. Around 781 Tamworth was known as Tamouuorthig, and by 1086 as Tamuuorde.

There are a number of good routes to travel to Tamworth by road. Southbound on the M6 from Newcastle-under-Lyme, use exit 12, Cannock, and turn east on to the A5, through Shenstone, to Tamworth. Alternatively, northbound on the M6, at Junction 4, turn north on to the M42, and use the Junction 10 Tamworth exit. However, Tamworth is at the centre of a number of major motorways and major roads, and the routes suggested here just two of many options.