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City of Lichfield
Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral
Coordinates 52 ° 41 ′  N , 1 ° 49 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 41 ′  N , 1 ° 49 ′  W
City of Lichfield (England)
City of Lichfield
City of Lichfield
ZIP code section WS13, WS14
prefix 01543
Part of the country England
region West Midlands
Shire county Staffordshire
District Lichfield
Civil Parish Lichfield
British Parliament Lichfield

Lichfield is a town in the West Midlands and Staffordshire region of England , about 160 km north-west of London and 25 km north of Birmingham . The city has 27,900 inhabitants (as of 2001), is the administrative seat of the district of the same name and is located near the River Trent , nestled between hills in the south and east.

Lichfield has a long history as a bishopric. The first New Zealand bishop and later primate of the Anglican Church in New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn , became Bishop of Lichfield in 1868.

The 7th century AD Staffordshire Treasure was recovered near Lichfield in 2009 .


The city is known in connection with an episode which the Quaker George Fox describes in his diary. In the winter of 1651/1652 he claims to have had the vision that the city was swimming in blood. He felt called by God to run barefoot through the city and shout: “Woe to the bloody city of Lichfield!” (In English: “Woe to you bloody city of Lichfield”).


Organ in Lichfield Cathedral
  • Lichfield Cathedral is England's only medieval cathedral with three spiers with spire ; the central tower is 80 m high. It was built in 1195 and finally completed with the Marienkapelle in 1330. Previously, as excavations confirmed, there was a Norman buildingon the site, which in turn stood on foundations from the 7th century. The cathedral wasbadly damagedduring the civil wars at the time of King Charles I in the siege of the city by parliamentary troops in 1643, but was later completely restored several times.
  • The Bishop's Palace (built in 1687) and a theological college (built in 1837) are next to the cathedral.
  • Milley's Hospital dates back to 1504 and was a women's hospital.

Transport links

Lichfield has two train stations. The Lichfield City Railway Station is located in the city center and at the end of the Cross-City Line , the Lichfield Birmingham New Street Station and from the train Lichfield Trent Valley connects. Lichfield Trent Valley Station on the northeastern outskirts of Lichfield is on the West Coast Main Line , which connects London with the north of England and Scotland .

The M 6 Toll motorway runs past the southern edge of the city.

Daughters and sons of the city

Town twinning

Lichfield is twinned with:

See also


  1. George Fox - An Autobiography - Chapter V.
  2. ^ John EW Wallis: Lichfield Cathedral , Pitkin Pictorials Ltd, London 1970, 26 p. With many photos.
  3. City partnerships ( Memento of the original from March 6, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the city's website. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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