Barn, Halfhead Farm, Shallowford,

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Description:Halfhead Farm was owned by Izaak Walton, a famous angler and author whose best known work 'The Complete Angler' was published 1653 and is still in print.

Born in Stafford in 1593, Walton moved to London to become an apprentice draper, and later lived in Worcester and Winchester. He bought Halfhead Farm in May 1655.

He died in 1683 and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. In his will he left the farm cottage to the town of Stafford. The rent collected was to be used for charitable purposes, including the purchase of coal for the poor.

The cottage is now restored and open to the public.

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Image courtesy of: Peters, J.E.C. Dr

Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P66.3.688, img: 384 (15/929)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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