We were heading to Yorkshire for a family birthday celebration, so on the way we stopped in Lichfield, which is a cathedral city in Staffordshire, possibly most famous as being the birthplace of Samuel Johnson who was responsible for creating the first Dictionary of the English Language. He lived in Breadmarket Street in the city for the first 27 years of his life, and house became the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in 1901. It’s free (donations welcome!), and is well worth a visit. The Waterstones is located opposite the museum in an attractive grade II listed building, built mid to late 18th century.
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Lichfield Cathedral, officially The Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Chad, is one of only three cathedrals in the UK to have three spires (the others are St Mary’s Edinburgh and Truro). It’s beautiful inside and out.
Photos below – Top – Dr Samuel Johnson (he looks like he’s having a snooze!). Bottom row from left to right – Dame Oliver’s Infant School, and plaque – Johnson attended here in 1714. St Chad, situated outside the cathedral.
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