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    Posted: 03 December 2014 at 17:38
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Lichfield is a cathedral city in Staffordshire, England, located 16 miles (26 km) north of Birmingham with a 2011 population of 32,219.

Lichfield was the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language. The city's recorded history began when Chad of Mercia arrived to establish his Bishopric in 669 CE and the settlement grew as the ecclesiastical centre of Mercia.

The development of the city was consolidated in the 12th century under Roger de Clinton who fortified the Cathedral Close and also laid out the town with the ladder-shaped street pattern that survives to this day. Lichfield's heyday was in the 18th century when it developed into a thriving coaching city. This was a period of great intellectual activity, the city being the home of many famous people including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Erasmus Darwin and Anna Seward, and prompted Johnson's remark that Lichfield was "a city of philosophers".

Today, the city still retains its old importance as an ecclesiastical centre, and its industrial and commercial development has been limited. The centre of the city retains an unspoilt charm with over 230 listed buildings in its historic streets, fine Georgian architecture and old cultural traditions.

The cathedral

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4. Statue of King Charles II


5. Medieval hospital


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10. WW1 memorial


11. Church


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15. Vicars Close


16. And to finish, a "Damn Fine Cafe"



Edited by alanfrombangor - 15 December 2018 at 17:01
 



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