attractive market town of Lichfield is situated at the heart of southern
Staffordshire, surrounded by beautiful countryside, but only a few miles
from Birmingham or Derby and within easy travelling distance from two
international airports, the National Exhibition Centre, the Belfry Golf
Course, the new National Forest and the Peak District.
This historic Cathedral City attracts visitors from all over the country
as well as the rest of the world. currantly Lichfield has a population
of around 30,000 people.
A diverse and fascinating past has laid the foundations for the City of
Lichfield and its district. Throughout history settlers have made their
mark on Lichfield from the buildings they created, to the wars they fought
and the roads they laid.
St. Chade, the Patron Saint of Mercia was buried here in Lichfield and
many pilgrims visited his Shrine year in year out.
Bishops of Lichfield later made this City their home, fortifying the Close
surrounding the Cathedral and setting out the streets in a medieval grid
pattern. The Civil War later raged in the district, with the city of Lichfield
having three sieges during the period 1643-46 and the Cathedral suffering
There are many Georgian buildings in the city and well-known residents
from the 18th century which include: Dr Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin
David Garrick and Anna Seward. Today, the city is lively with many festivals
throughout the year and the new Lichfield Garrick continues David Garrick's
support for theatre and the arts.
Paintings by Alan John Precce