Beacon Street Stories

Monday 10 August @19:30pm

John Gallagher is taking us on a tour of Beacon Street, telling the stories of its buildings and the people who once lived and worked in them. Meet in Beacon Park at the statue of Erasmus Darwin, one time resident of the street

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Lichfield’s Workhouse

Monday October 12th 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Mike Stone from the local U3A history group to talk to us about Lichfield’s Workhouse.

Workhouse

This event is free, however voluntary donations towards St Mary’s appreciated. All welcome.

St Mary’s in the Market Square

Market Square
Breadmarket Street
Lichfield
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The Lichfield Waters

Monday 9 November 2015 @ 7:30pm.

We’re delighted to welcome Richard Greene from the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formally; The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station to talk to us about some of the people associated with the story of Lichfield’s water supply over the years from St Chad to the twentieth century.

Lichfield Water

This event is free, however voluntary donations towards St Mary’s appreciated. All welcome.

St Mary’s in the Market Square

Market Square
Breadmarket Street
Lichfield
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An Alphabetical Exploration of Lichfield

Monday April 13th 7.30pm

We’ll continue our alphabetical exploration of the city (L to Z) with the help of photographs and memorabilia from the collection of local historian John Gallagher.

This event is free, however voluntary donations towards St Mary’s appreciated. All welcome.

St Mary’s in the Market Square

Market Square
Breadmarket Street
Lichfield
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Sinai Park House visit

13 June 2015 @14:00pm

Sinai Park House

Heading out of Lichfield to visit Sinai Park House to see and support a restoration project in action. Sinai Park is one the most important houses in Staffordshire historically, architecturally & archaeologically. Voluntary donations towards the restoration for the tour, and optional cream tea £4 per head (please let Kate Gomez know).

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Dr Milley’s Hospital visit

30 May 2015 @10:30am

Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street dates back to 1424 but its name was taken from Dr Thomas Milley who rebuilt the hospital in 1504. The almshouse is home to ten women and on June 24th each year, the ‘rent’ of ten red roses is paid to the Bishop of Lichfield, one for each resident. Tea and coffee will be provided. No charge but donations to Dr Milley’s are very welcome.

Please note that numbers are limited for this visit and so those wishing to attend must contact us via lichfielddiscovered@gmail.com  If demand is high, we may have to select names at random.

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Spital Chapel of St James – Visit and Talk

9 March 2015 @ 19:30pm

The ancient Spital Chapel of St James, is one of Tamworth’s oldest buildings and one of its best kept secrets. Founded in 1284, to save the soul of Philip Marmion, of Tamworth Castle & Middleton Hall, the chapel served as a hospital during the Black Death, became a cottage and a barn after the Reformation, and fell into ruin before being restored by the Lichfield Diocese in 1914. Despite the surrounding land never having been used as a consecrated burial ground, archaeologists in the 1960s discovered a shallow grave containing the skeleton of a woman and two children. Come and explore the chapel and its stories with the help of the Friends of the Wigginton Parish, St Leonard’s and Spital Chapel. No charge but vountary donations welcome.

Meet at Wigginton Parish, St Leonard’s and Spital Chapel Comberford Lane, B79 9QT Wigginton, West Midlands

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Repton, St Wystan and the Anchor Caves visit

Sunday 8 March 2015 @12:00 noon

We have planned a trip to St Wystan Church in Repton, the ‘cradle of Christianity’ in the Midlands where there is an 8th century crypt which may have been the mausoleum of the Mercian Royal family.

Also nearby is the Anchor Church in the caves, which river levels and weather permitting we will take a look.

Don’t forget that Repton has connections with our Viking past

Meet at St Wystan Church in Repton

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Lichfield & Hatherton Discovered

Thank you to everyone who came to our history workshop last night and made it an insightful and fascinating evening.

Good history is something that informs us, elicits further questions and changes our views about the past. Last night ticked all those boxes, and showed us how, with collaborative working we can achieve incredible things.

Our heritage is a most undersold, yet valuable asset; it forms our culture, gives us a sense of identity and place in the world, so that we can make sense of our lives.

I have to thank the people who are fighting to preserve our past, from the bottom of my heart.

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There aint no canals where I come from and since moving to the Midlands twenty years ago I’ve had a fascination and fondness for them. When we lived in the Black Country I observed the many things it is possible for a drunk or sober human being to roll, chuck or push into the cut. Moving to leafy Lichfield the canal around here is a bit more refined and genteel. Looking back through the posts I have done from the last few months, the towpath and canal crops up regularly, especially on my trips to Rugeley,Wolverhampton,Birmingham and even to the Lichfield canal itself.

Last nights presentation was by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, another organisation wanting to make a contribution to the preservation of history in the area. We heard of the ambititous dreams of bringing both the Hatherton and Lichfield canals back into use after…

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