Upper Brook Street, leading into Rugeley town centre
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It lies on the north-eastern edge of Cannock Chase next to the River Trent, 7.9 miles (12.7 km) north of Lichfield, 9.8 miles (15.8 km) southeast of the county town of Stafford, 4.6 miles (7.4 km) northeast of Hednesford and 11.3 miles (18.2 km) southwest of Uttoxeter. At the 2011 census the population was 24,033. Rugeley is twinned with Western Springs, Illinois and in July 1962 the towns made telephone history on national television when the chairman of Rugeley Urban District Council made the first telephone call via the new Telstar satellite to the Mayor of Western Springs.