Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709 and was to become England's "greatest man of letters" of that time. Educated in Lichfield and for a short period in Oxford (he couldn't finance his studies any longer, so he had to quit), he unsuccessfully tried to work as a teacher and later even to set up his own school. Continuously struggling with...more
England's only medieval cathedral with three spires is the main attraction in the beautiful city of Lichfield. Symbolizing the holy Trinity, i.e. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the spires are widely visible. Yet, when you reach the cathedral itself you find it is actually quite small.Completed in 1340 on the remains of former churches, the...more
Lichfield Cathedral is not, perhaps, as large and impressive as many in England but it nevertheless has its own charm and sense of peace.Chad, made Bishop Of Mercia in 669, was soon sainted and his shrine became a focus for pilgrims. The first cathedral was a wooden structure, replaced by a Saxon stone structure in 1085 and the present building was...more
The cathedral's history (and therefore the town itself) starts with one man - Chad. When he was appointed Bishop of Murcia in 669 he moved the See from Repton to Lichfield, believed to be the site of the martyrdom of thousands of christians during the reign of the Roman Emperor Dioclecian in 300AD.Chad died within 3 years of his appointment, but a...more
Shortly after the Norman conquest, Robert le Despenser built the first castle on this site. A simple moat-and-bailey fort, it was replaced in the 12th century by the present stone castle, built by Robert Marmion. The Castle changed hands many times, with numerous modifications. It was twice threatened with destruction, once by King John I as...more
Lichfield retains some of its original Medieval street-plan, and there are still some interesting buildings (and alleyways) dotted about. It's worth keeping your eyes open as you wander; remember to look up, as shop/house frontages have often been modernised whereas the upper floors give away the building's origins.The main picture was taken in...more
Lichfield has rather a lot of green spaces. Many of these were created in the late Victorian era, when the benefits of greenery, fresh air and gentle exercise were being realised (especially for the poor).Some of the spaces are classic English parks; fountain, tightly-mown lawns, flowerbeds sown with annuals in formal patterns (see main photo),...more
Samuel Johnson, the author of the first English dictionary, was born in Lichfield in 1709 and lived there until he was 27. His family home in the city centre is now a museum, with displays and memorabilia.Entrance is free. Open daily, 10:30 - 4:30 April to September, 12 - 4:40 October to March.The photo was taken during the 288th birthday...more
Like most British cities and towns, LIchfield has its share of parks. Here, one can relieve stress and boredom. When the weather turns nice, just take a walk.One point of interest is a statue to Captain John Edward Smith, who was the captain of the Titanic, and a Lichfield native.more
Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was a scientist, inventor, poet, and a doctor. King George III asked him to be his personal physician, but he declined; he preferred to stay in Lichfield. He published a book titled Zoonomia or the Laws of Organic Life, in 1794. In it, he laid out what later became known as the theory of evolution.He lived here in this...more
Dr Johnson wrote the first true English dictionary. He was probably the most important man of letters in the English language, because he defined the proper use of that language--grammar, spelling, word definitions, and the rest.He was born here in 1709, and educated in local schools. Dr Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life living in this...more
This museum was once St Mary's Church. It was a parish church, completed in 1868, with a congregation of close to 900. But with the decline in local population, and attendance, it began to decline as well. In 1978, a local committee was formed to discuss the issue. The decision was made to convert this church into a museum, educational facility,...more
This cathedral is the very heart of the town. Its most unusual feature is the three huge spires, with the tallest being in the middle.Bishop Chad moved his diocese here during the 7th century, and founded a church. He made many converts. Upon his death in 700 CE, his body was laid to rest in the original church. After the Norman conquest, a the...more
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.........but a busy Saturday lunchtime seemed to be somewhat stressy for the young and pleasant staff! Service was rather slow and disorganised, but the sandwiches (roast beef/horseradish on granary bread, with Kettle chips and home-made coleslaw) were very pleasant, the coffee ditto (it is England, remember!). I didn't try the home-made cakes, but...more
The Queens Head is just off the centre of town on Queen Street. It is a traditional pub which serves real ale. It has a selection of the more unusual beers which often includes Adnams. It also serves food and has an impressive array of cheeses and pates for its Ploughman's Lunches. It attracts an older mix of people so if you are a bright young...more
Lichfield is very well served by its train services, despite the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line. It has two stations. Lichfield City which is located about five minutes walk from the town centre. This is near the end of The Birmingham Cross City line and has a regular service to and from Birmingham New Street. Lichfield Trent Valley is about a mile and a half from the town centre. However, it too is on the Birmingham Cross City Line so there is regular service between it and City station. It is also on the West Coast Main Line and has services to Stafford and the north and south to London Euston. The local services are currently buses whilst the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line is being done.
A note for disabled and infirm passengers.
Lichfield Trent Valley
To get to the London bound platform and the Birmingham bound platform passengers need to be able to climb a steep flight of stairs. There are no lifts and no access across the tracks.
This station has a lift for those not able to negotiate the stairs.
Lichfield’s medieval grid street pattern survives almost intact and most of them are arounds St Mary's. Market place is next to St Mary's where you could find fresh fruits and vegs and other stuff.
Lichfield has history of almost 1500 years and there are so many things you would come across when visiting there. One of the interesting thing would be this building, which was built in 1527.
It has some amazing style and most importantly, it is still in very good shape and use.
Nothing much remains of what was once a rather large establishment, dating from 1230. The Friary was destroyed on the orders of King Henry Vlll (as were many religious establishments), and only a few of its walls are marked out on the site after excavations discovered their position. Many 'dressed' stones are visible on the edges of the grass,...more
Poor chap.....his statue (which was once displayed at the front of the cathedral) is desperately eroded from the pollution of the past few centuries. Nevertheless, it's clearly King Charles ll, with his flouncy Restoration clothing and long, lush curls. He's stuck round the side of the cathedral now, easily missed, but at least has his own...more
In 2003 there were a series of archaeological excavations within Lichfield Cathedral. During these, at the east end of the Nave, a most wonderful early Medieval sculpture was unearthed. Carved from limestone, it is probably the corner of a shrine chest.....possibly that of St. Chad himself, who died in 672. Not only does the fine carving survive...more