Lichfield  Staffordshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lichfield like this:

Lichfield, mun. bor., city, and co. in itself, Staffordshire, 17 miles SE. of Stafford and 116 miles from London by rail, 3416 ac. pop. 8349; 2 Banks, 2 news-papers. Market-day, Friday. A great share of the interest attaching to the history of this ancient city is connected with its cathedral, which, according to Fuller, was completed during Bishop Heyworth's episcopate (1420-1447). ...

The building is described as being excellently proportioned, but as a whole more attractive from its picturesque appearance rather than its architectural beauty. A charter of incorporation was granted to the city by Edward VI. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), the great lexicographer and moralist, was born here, and was educated at the grammar school, which also had the honour of having upon its roll the names of Addison, Ashmole, and Garrick. The purity of the water makes brewing a successful industry. Carriage and harness work are largely carried on. In connection with an extension of the London and North-Western Ry. a new station was built here in 1834. Lichfield returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

Lichfield through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lichfield in Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th April 2024

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