We believe that the best things happen when we work together and support each other. Lichfield Discovered, The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station and Friends2Friends spent a day at the Cruck House in Stowe St discussing and discovering the history of one of Lichfield’s most iconic buildings.

Friends2Friends are a group providing support, advice and a range of activities for adults with learning difficulties and their carers. They meet at the Cruck House, Lichfield several days a week.

The Cruck House is a 15th century Grade II* listed timber cruck frame building, owned by the City Council and run by the Curborough Community Centre Association.

During the 50’s much of Stowe Street and the surrounding area was being modernised, and many of the old buildings were demolished. During the demolition process, this jointed Cruck and part box framed house was revealed from within the outer cladding of a building whose outer walls had obscured the framework supporting it.

Fortunately someone spotted it during the demolition process and called a halt, and so we have this rare specimen of a building which probably originated in the fourteenth or early fifteenth century. It is now fully restored, and still in daily use as a meeting house and learning centre.

A Year in Lichfield

We enjoyed our recent 100 days of Lichfield project so much that we’re going to try and capture a whole year of life in Lichfield! We want to create a record of the city & its surroundings on a month by month basis – the changing scenery over the seasons, our annual traditions, one-off events and day to day life. Please submit your photographs through our Facebook page, via Twitter @lichdiscovered or by emailing them to Thanks!

A Year in Lichfield is a project run by Lichfield Discovered, a not-for-profit community group based in Lichfield, Staffordshire (where else?).


Link to A Year in Lichfield website

The Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields

The Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields is possibly one of the most overlooked yet important pieces of social and industrial history that Britain has, and it lives right here on our door step in Lichfield.