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Nov 10 2015

Lichfield: A Hidden Treasure in the Heart of England

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I have travelled a fair bit around the world, but there are still so many places in the UK that I have never been to.  The city of Lichfield was one of these, until recently.  I have to be honest with you here; I hadn’t made a conscious effort to go there, but, as I was passing, I thought I may as well have a quick look.  If I had seen the city’s tourist information site in advance, I would have definitely added it to my list because it is referred to as ‘a hidden treasure in the heart of England’.  That statement would have made me curious enough to pay it a visit.  Having been, I would have to agree with that statement.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to explore because it was late when I got there, and I had to get home for work the following day.  Nonetheless, I saw as much as I could in the time that I had.  This is what I discovered on my whistle stop visit.

Market Square

Market Square in Lichfield

When I arrived in Lichfield, the first thing I came across was the Market Square, and St Mary’s Church.  The church dates from the 19th century, but it seems there may have been a church on the site since the 12th century.

Famous People

The City of Philosophers Lichfield

Beside the market square is this, which gives information about some of the famous people who were born, educated or lived in Lichfield. One of these was Samuel Johnson, who was born in the city.  His claim to fame is that he wrote the first major dictionary of the English language.  The next is Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles.  He had a successful medical practice in the city.  It is possible to visit the houses of both of these chaps.  As I arrived so late, I didn’t have that option. The final famous person is David Garrick.  I had never heard of him, but, apparently, he was a famous Shakespearean actor as well as a manager of Drury Lane Theatre.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral

This gorgeous sandstone cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain, and it is the burial place of the Anglo Saxon missionary, St Chad.  I had no idea there was a St Chad until I started doing some research for this post. As you will have noticed from the photo, the cathedral has three spires.  Interestingly, it is the only medieval cathedral in England with three spires.

Beacon Park

Beacon Park, Lichfield

We have the Victorians to thank for Beacon Park, which dates back to the late 1800s.  I was surprised to find out that it is set in more than 70 acres of land.  That’s incredible, considering it’s in a city.  It was renovated a couple of years ago, so it’s really pretty as well as peaceful.


Lichfield is in the county of Staffordshire, and it is less than 20 miles from Birmingham.

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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