FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
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 here, bringing the bishopric of Mercia here in the seventh century, the first cathedral being constructed soon afterwards. Queen Maryís charter of 1553 made Lichfield a county and created the office of Sheriff of Lichfield, a position which continues today. During the English Civil War the Royalist stronghold of Lichfield was besieged twice, the second resulting in the collapse of the cathedralís 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, possibly most famous of them all, Dr Samuel Johnson. Within these pages 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 this delightful city.