Sunday, 24 March 2013

Lichfield Through Time

A new book out this week, a fascinating selection of photographs tracing some of the many ways in which Lichfield has changed and developed over the last century.

The Romans were around Lichfield with a major settlement at neighbouring Wall and Celts were certainly here at that time too. Yet it was with the arrival of the Saxons that Lichfield came into its own. St Chad built the first church, bringing the bishopric of Mercia here in the sixth century and the first cathedral being constructed soon afterwards. Queen Mary’s charter of 1553 made Lichfield a county and created the office of Sheriff of Lichfield, a position which continues until today. During the English Civil War the Royalist stronghold of Lichfield was besieged twice, the second resulting in the collapse of the cathedral’s central spire.

Later centuries saw Lichfield become a city famous for its intellectuals. Among the most famous were Erasmus Darwin, David Garrick, Anna Seward and, undoubtedly most famous of them all, Dr Samuel Johnson. Within the pages of Lichfield Through Time not only is there a comparison to be made between old and new views, but also glimpses into some of the lives of people who have contributed to recent development of this delightful city.

As always I would welcome any suggestions for themes or subjects, or even specific words to examine the origins, meanings and etymologies. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

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