Stafford was founded in about 700 AD by a Mercian prince called Bertelin who, according to legend, established a hermitage on the site.
The main part of the church is richly decorated. Carvings in the church's archways and pillars may have been made by a group of stonemasons from the Middle East who came to England during the Crusades. A great deal of the stonework was covered up during the 17th and 18th centuriesto create a neo-classical style. In the early 19th-century restoration, work was carried out on the church and the Norman decoration was rediscovered. heritage of twelfth-century architecture and sculpture that place St Chad’s amongst the finest examples of Norman architecture in the Midlands.