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Lichfield - The Field of Corpses.

Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral. - Lichfield

Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral. - Lichfield

Lichfield.

I first visited Lichfield many years ago when I was visiting my boyfriend, later to be husband, in the West Midlands. I remember thinking it was a lovely historical town and I remember visiting the birthplace of Samuel Johnson and Lichfield's magnificent cathedral. For years every time we went to Walsall I would say to my husband, we should visit Lichfield again. Well, I think it took us around twenty-eight years but at last in the summer of 2014, we finally made it. We visited Tudor Row, the Church of St Mary, the market, Samuel Johnson's birthplace, the cathedral and several parks. I still think it is a lovely city and don't intend to wait so long before my next visit.

St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church is located in the historic centre of Lichfield next to the market. The current church dates from 1870 though there have been other churches on this site since the twelfth century. In the 1980s this church took on a variety of new roles as a tourist information centre, a cafe, a heritage museum. The church still holds religious services in a small chapel at its northern end. This chapel has lovely stain glass windows and beautiful paintings.

St Mary's Church. - Lichfield

St Mary's Church. - Lichfield

The Annunciation. - Lichfield

The Annunciation. - Lichfield

Market and Statues.

There is a bustling market next to St Mary's Church in Lichfield. Personally, I especially liked the pottery stall. Market Square is right next to the birthplace of Samuel Johnson and contains a statue of Johnson and a statue of his lifelong friend and biographer James Boswell.

Samuel Johnson visits the market. - Lichfield

Samuel Johnson visits the market. - Lichfield

James Boswell in front of St Mary's Church. - Lichfield

James Boswell in front of St Mary's Church. - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson.

Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709. His father, Michael Johnson, was a book seller and the ground floor of the house Johnson was born in was his father's bookshop. Now the whole house is a free entry museum. It covers five floors. There is a kitchen in the basement, a bookshop and display rooms on the ground floor. One of the rooms upstairs plays a video about Johnson's life. There is the room Johnson was born in and the room where he created his famous dictionary. Johnson's 'A Dictionary of the English Language' was published in 1755. It took Johnson nine years to compile it and it was hugely influential. Johnson lived in this house for the first twenty-seven years of his life and frequently returned here until his death in 1784.

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral.

The most famous building in Lichfield is Lichfield Cathedral. Lichfield Cathedral is an extremely beautiful building with three distinctive spires. The facade of the building is covered with images of saints and fearsome gargoyles and even a statue of King Charles II. Lichfield Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Chad. Chad became Bishop of Mercia in 669 and moved his See to Lichfield. After Chad's death in 672 many pilgrims began to come to his shrine. In 700 Bishop Hedda built a new church to house Chad's bones. Over time this church was continually changing. First from a Saxon church to a Norman Cathedral. Then from a Norman Cathedral to a Gothic one. Lichfield Cathedral was severely damaged during the English Civil War. In the 1660s it was restored by Bishop Hacket. Later Sir George Gilbert Scott restored the cathedral between 1855 and 1878. The cathedral has wonderful stain glass windows and beautiful carvings. In its treasury you can find some items from the Staffordshire hoard and the beautiful Lichfield Angel.

The Lichfield Angel was discovered in 2003 when the cathedral floor was being dug up. It is one half of a carved limestone panel, and has been dated to around 800 A.D. The angel is believed to be the Archangel Gabriel and is thought to be part of an annunciation scene. The missing half would show the Virgin Mary. The panel is likely to have been part of the Shrine of Saint Chad.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest stache of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found. It contains of over 3,500 items, most of them military in nature. The hoard dates from the seventh century. It was found in a field near Lichfield in 2009. It is on display in several different museums and cathedrals.

Lichfield Cathedral's distinctive three spires. - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral's distinctive three spires. - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Lichfield Cathedral - Lichfield

Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral. - Lichfield

Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral. - Lichfield

The Lichfield Angel - Lichfield

The Lichfield Angel - Lichfield

Stowe Pool.

Stowe Pool is not far from the cathedral. Stowe Pool dates from the 11th century when a dam and mill were constructed across Leamonsley Brook. Nowadays Stowe Pool is a pleasant place for a stroll. The Church of St Chad is located on the pool. This church dates from the twelfth century.

Stowe Pool. - Lichfield

Stowe Pool. - Lichfield

St Chad's Church - Lichfield

St Chad's Church - Lichfield

Minster Pool.

Minster Pool is a pretty pond near Lichfield Cathedral. At one end of it you can find speakers' corner. There are views towards the spires of the cathedral from here.

Minster Pool - Lichfield

Minster Pool - Lichfield

Minster Pool - Lichfield

Minster Pool - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance.

This is a very pleasant garden with an attractive war memorial and excellent views of the cathedral. It is next to Minster Pond.

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The Garden of Remembrance - Lichfield

The House of Erasmus Darwin.

Erasmus Darwin House is close to Lichfield Cathedral. It is now a museum and herb garden. Dr Erasmus Darwin was a scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist. He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin.

House of Erasmus Darwin. - Lichfield

House of Erasmus Darwin. - Lichfield

Museum Gardens.

Museum Gardens opened as a public park in 1859. It is a pretty park with a fountain - Chancellor Law's Fountain and several interesting statues. The statues include Erasmus Darwin, John Smith the Captain of the Titanic and King Edward VII.

Edward John Smith, RD was born on 27th January 1850 in Hanley, Staffordshire. He was a British naval officer who served as master on several White Star Line vessels. He was captain of the ill-fated RMS Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage. He went down with his ship and died on 15th April 1912.

Chancellor Law’s Fountain was donated in 1871 by J.T. Law, the diocesan Chancellor. The figures of the lions round the fountain were given by Sir Richard Cooper, a city alderman in the late 1880's.

The statue of Kind Edward VII was presented in 1908 by Robert Bridgeman, Sheriff of Lichfield. It represents the city’s loyalty to Kind Edward VII .

Captain of the Titanic - Lichfield

Captain of the Titanic - Lichfield

Fountain - Lichfield

Fountain - Lichfield

The fountain - Lichfield

The fountain - Lichfield

King Edward VII and library - Lichfield

King Edward VII and library - Lichfield

Beacon Park.

Beacon Park is a huge green expanse near museum gardens with a lot of sporting facilities. It was a popular place to visit on a sunny day. One of the things we visited there was the Martys' Plaque. in the fourth century A.D. during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Diocletion, large numbers of Christians were massacred by a Roman army in a field near present day Lichfield. Their bodies were left unburied in a place that would become known as the ‘Field of Corpses.’ Lichfield may mean 'Field of the Dead.'

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Lichfield

Cathedral from park. - Lichfield

Cathedral from park. - Lichfield

Beacon Park, Martyr's Plaque - Lichfield

Beacon Park, Martyr's Plaque - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Martyr's Plaque Seal - Lichfield

Beacon Park - Martyr's Plaque Seal - Lichfield

The Garrick Theatre.

The Garrick Theatre in Lichfield is called after famous British actor David Garrick, who lived in Lichfield and for a time studied there as a pupil of Samuel Johnson. It is modern theatre with a 530 seats auditorium and a 140 seat studio. It offers a wide variety of different performances. There is also a cafe inside.

The Garrick Theatre. - Lichfield

The Garrick Theatre. - Lichfield

Tudor Row.

Tudor Row is an attractive shopping street which links Bore Street to Wade Street and thus links Lichfield's old and new towns. Tudor Row was very colourful and all decorated with bunting during our visit.

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Tudor Row - Lichfield

Posted by irenevt 23:41 Archived in England

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