I haven’t been to Lichfield for years; it’s about an hour on a local train line that runs virtually from where I live straight to Lichfield, so a friend and I went for a day out. It was very relaxed and peaceful, and we talked solidly all day, doing culture and shopping as we chatted.
The cathedral is magnificent, in a quiet close with a really good little tea shop, to which we went twice, before and after a visit to the cathedral.
It has three spires, and was built between 1195 – 1330, although there was a series of churches on the site from 700 AD. It is having repairs and stained glass conservation, and at some point a little brush up outside, hopefully. It’s in a quiet, virtually traffic free area, but I imagine that many years of atmospheric pollution dirty the stone.
We went to Eramus Darwin’s house too. This is a view of part of the herb garden and one of the houses surrounding the courtyard at the back of the house. He was Charles Darwin’s grandfather, a doctor, scientist and poet. He also fathered many children but my admiration is always for the mothers rather than the fathers, especially since one woman had about 11 children over two marriages.
A view of the cathedral from his library window. We also went to Samuel Johnson’s house, where he was born in 1709. It was a bookshop then and still is.