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Lichfield City

Hometown Of Rosemary Lodge Care Home

Lichfield – Tiny City

Lichfield is called a City because it has a Cathedral but it would really be better
described as a town.

It has almost 1500 years of history and still retains much of its medieval character, making it an excellent place for an afternoon’s wander. There’s the Cathedral itself, obviously, and Dr Samuel Johnson’s birthplace, lots of good cafes/eating places and a rather pleasant shopping area.

Some lovely Tudor architecture, a bit of Georgian, some Medieval remnants (mostly alleyways) Victorian ‘pleasure gardens’ and promenades, the remains of the cathedral moat……….all contribute to making it well worth an exploration.

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Lichfield Cathedral

The cathedral’s history (and therefore the town itself) starts with one man – Chad. When he was appointed Bishop of Murcia in 669 he moved the See from Repton to Lichfield, believed to be the site of the martyrdom of thousands of christians during the reign of the Roman Emperor Dioclecian in 300AD.

Chad died within 3 years of his appointment, but a church was built to house his remains, and by 700AD Lichfield had become a place of pilgrimage.

The present cathedral was started in 1195, although there were religious structures on the site from the 600s. The cathedral once contained a shrine to St. Chad, whose gold-encrusted skull was later displayed in a special chapel within the building.

During the English Civil War the Cathedral came under siege three times, the central spire being destroyed and a huge amount of damage done to the interior by the roundheads (anti-Royalists led by Oliver Cromwell). however, over the subsequent centuries the cathedral has been rebuilt and restored, so that it is now difficult to see which is restoration and which is original.

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Tamworth Castle

Shortly after the Norman conquest, Robert le Despenser built the first castle on this site.
A simple moat-and-bailey fort, it was replaced in the 12th century by the present stone castle, built by Robert Marmion. The Castle changed hands many times, with numerous modifications.

It was twice threatened with destruction, once by King John I as revenge against Marmion, and once by Oliver Cromwell in the Civil War. So we’re lucky that it’s still here.

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Lichfield Parks

Lichfield has rather a lot of green spaces. Many of these were created in the late Victorian era, when the benefits of greenery, fresh air and gentle exercise were being realised.

It was twice threatened with destruction, once by King John I as revenge against Marmion, and once by Oliver Cromwell in the Civil War. So we’re lucky that it’s still here.

Beacon Park is one of the more popular parks in the town. The park is 69 acres of open parkland in the town centre and has many sporting and recreational facilities for use by the public, including an 18 hole golf course, football pitches, tennis courts and bowling greens.

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