Markets are still held on the historic Lichfield Market Square – where they have been since King Stephen granted the first charter for a market in 1153.
Market days in Lichfield are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday when all is bustle and hurley burley, with a
Farmers' market on the first Thursday of the month, except January. The statue of Boswell can just be made out over the
top of the white trader's van, with the backdrop of St Marys Church. On the wall of the church
can be found the plaques commemorating the last martyrs burnt at the stake in Lichfield Market
on a busy Saturday
St Marys still has a Sunday service at the East end of the church, but it now houses a Day
Centre for the elderly, a tourist shop where you can get all those little reminders of your time
in Lichfield, a cafe, and upstairs there is the Heritage Centre.
The Heritage Centre is a history of Lichfield where an hour or two can be well spent, and if you
are athletic, for a very small fee - a guide will take you up through the old bell tower and up
into the spire loft where you can look out of the upper windows over the roof-tops and out into
the countryside round about.
The Tourist Information Office is now contained within the Heritage Centre. Tourist Information centre opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm (01543 256611).
Web site: [ www.visitlichfield.co.uk ]
The City Centre is pedestrianised so that you can wander round at your own pace. Dam Street at
the top of this page is a typical narrow street with its quaint old shops, looking back towards
the Cathedral. Below, is Quonians Lane with the old antique and craft shop in the cul-de-sac
leading to one of the ancient Wood and Stone carving workshops, now modernised, that still
supports the Cathedral maintenance work.
|The Causeway - Dam Street
|Brook House - Dam Street
As we go up Dam Street towards the Cathedral, we see on the right - Brook House. The tablet
over the door tells us that it was here that during the Civil War, a lucky shot from the top of
the defended Cathedral, shot and killed Colonel Brook of the Roundhead (Parliamentarian) force
that had surrounded and were attacking Lord Chesterfield and the Cavalier (Royalist) defenders.
Much damage was inflicted on the Cathedral and at this time it lost it's main spire amid the
Further on to the left up Dam Street, is Minster Pool which fronts the Cathedral, and Pool walk
where you can sit in the gardens and feed the ducks. Nearer the Cathedral on the right again, is
the old mill which is now a solicitors office.
|Dr Johnson's Birthplace
Back in the Market Square and with his back to St Mary's Church, we have another statue, this
time to Dr Samuel Johnson, the essayist, letter writer, and dictionary compiler, facing the
building on the right above which is his birthplace. Click [ HERE ] to visit the Home of the Johnson
There is a good collection of items well worth a visit in the birthplace museum, and they will
be pleased to show you around on a tour of the building which is kept in period.
On the right, Boswell's statue that stands at the left hand end of the market Square with his
back to St Mary's.
In the background to the right hand side, we can just see the back end of the Corn Exchange,
much used by merchants in the City's past, and now a restaurant on the first floor, with kiosk
shops below on the ground floor. A better view on the next page.
And above, Dam Street towards the Minster Pool end, an ink drawing by Eric Chapman who used to
holiday in Lichfield during the war years, and has a fine web site devoted to his sketching
which you can visit [ HERE ].
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Last updated: November 18th, 2015.