Lichfield

The City of Lichfield & its Out-Townships became part of Lichfield Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

Lichfield Cathedral, situated in a spacious Close, skirted by many handsome mansions, is an object of just veneration, and one of the noblest religious fabrics of this kingdom. It is 411 feet in length from east to west, and its three towers, rich in beautiful tracery, are surrounded by lofty and elegant spires, one rising from the centre to 258 feet, and two at the west end, rising to 183 feet. The grand western front is eminently beautiful, consisting of a large pyramidical facade, enriched with a profusion of tracery and a large assemblage of highly wrought statues, placed in niches. On top of the ornamented gable, between the two spires, stands a colossal figure of Charles II, by Sir William Wilson. [History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

"St Chad's, at the north-east end of the city, close to the extensive pool of Stowe Mill, is the oldest church in Lichfield, being founded at a date long prior to the Cathedral. It is commonly called Stowe Church, from its standing in the ancient lordship of Stowe. It is a small stone structure with a square tower, but has no ornamental decorations, except the interior, which was thoroughly repaired about 50 years ago. [History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

St Mary's is a plain edifice, with a short tower, on the south side of the Market Place. The present building was completed in 1721, but is about to be repaired, and the tower rebuilt. [History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

St Michael's church is an ancient edifice, with a lofty spire, standing in a spacious burial ground of seven acres, on Green Hill, on the south-eastern side of the city. [History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

For many years the name of Lichfield (Letoceto, Lyccidfelth, Liccidfeld, Liccedfeld, Liccetfeld, Lichesfeld) was accepted as meaning ‘the field of corpses’, thought to commemorate a bloody battle many years ago. Today this idea has been discounted, and it is now fairly certain then origin is Celtic and related to Welsh llwyd coed – ‘the grey forest’. The suffix feld was added by the Saxons. [Staffordshire Place-Names Including the Black Country – Anthony Poulton Smith]

The Church of England website for Christ Church

Stafford Record Office holds the Lichfield Congregational Church Baptisms 1912 - 1977, Burials 1912 – 1951, and Marriages 1912 - 1948

Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has ever rivalled him for his achievements in such a wide range of fields

A history of the Guild Church of Saint Mary produced by the church

Stafford Record Office has the return for Lichfield 1666 published in "Collection for a History of Staffordshire" 1936 volume

Do you have ancestors who was working in Lichfield in 1811? If so, you may find them listed here

Birmingham Diocesan Archives holds the original registers of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church for Baptisms 1788 – 1947, Confirmations 1806, 1816, 1838 & 1846 – 1925 and Marriages 1803 - 1839 & 1846 - 1925

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Inmates Records 1924 – 1928

Read the history of the King Edward VII Statue on display in Beacon Park

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Bishops Transcripts for Marriages 1744 - 1892 (with gaps 1755-66 and Burials 1888 – 1892

Staffordshire Record Office holds the original registers for Baptisms & Burials 1660 - 1984 and Marriages 1660 - 1836

The Birmingham & Midland SGH has published a transcript of the Lichfield Cathedral Marriage Licences and Bonds for 1711 - 1716

"The Lichfield Story" through the Exhibits, Graphics, Displays and AV Presentations tells the story of Lichfield covering 2000 years of history. It has a collection of over 6000 photographs and negatives of Lichfield`s social history its fascinating history

Through maps, see how Lichfield has changed over the years

Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory for Lichfield 1828 -1829

Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Staffordshire 1830 - Lichfield Inns, Hotels, Taverns and Public Houses

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Lichfield Poll Book for 1747

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Presbyterian Church Baptisms and Births 1695 - 1736

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Primitive Methodist Church Baptisms 1840 - 1932

Staffordshire Record Office holds wills for Staffordshire the main probate court at the Consistory Court of Lichfield, and has manuscript indexes to the wills held

Staffordshire Record Office holds copies of wills proven at the Lichfield District Probate Registry 1858 - 1928

Lichfield Record Office holds copies of wills proven at the Lichfield District Probate Registry 1858 - 1928

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Lichfield Rate Books 1866 - 1957

Greetings and welcome to St Chad's website - the virtual home of St Chad's Church, Lichfield

The Church of England’s website for Saint Chad's Church

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Bishops Transcripts for 1659 - 1892 (with several gaps)

Staffordshire Record Office holds the original registers for Banns 1754 – 1774, Baptisms 1635 – 1946, Burials 1635 – 1953 and Marriages 1635 – 1933

Saint John's Community Church

The Church of England's website for Saint Mary's Church

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Bishops Transcripts for 1659 - 1868 (with gaps 1662 - 72 & 1675 - 78)

Staffordshire Record Office holds the original registers for and Banns 1754 - 1792 & 1823 –1954, Baptisms 1566 – 1917, Burials 1566 – 1921 and Marriages 1566 - 1921

The Church of England's website for Saint Michael's Church

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Bishops Transcripts for 1663 - 1868 (with many gaps)

Saint Michael’s Church Marriages 1788 - 1804

Staffordshire Record Office holds the original registers for Banns 1754 – 1762, Baptisms 1569 – 1933, Burials 1569 –1940 and Marriages 1569 - 1945

The Museum stands in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield, which remained close to Johnson's heart throughout his life. Best known for his Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson spent the first 27 years of his life in the large, imposing house which overlooks Market Square, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Tamworth Street, Wesleyan Methodist Church Baptisms 1892 - 1982

A short history of The Swan

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Valuation Lists 1868 – 1934

Staffordshire Record Office holds Poll Books for Lichfield for 1761, 1799, 1826, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1835 and 1837

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Wade Street, Independent Church Baptisms 1801 - 1837

The B F H G has photographed and transcribed the names on the Lichfield War Memorials

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Wesleyan Methodist Church Baptisms 1815 – 1892

Paupers in need of assistance from Lichfield would have been examined and assessed, and if they met the criteria, they would have been admitted to Lichfield Workhouse. Learn a little of the history of the Lichfield Workhouse

Lichfield Workhouse Census 1881 records the staff and inmates in the Workhouse

The national Archives holds the Lichfield Workhouse Correspondence, 1834-1900 and Staff Registers, 1837-1921

Lichfield Workhouse Index of Admission to and Discharges from Poor Law Union Workhouses, 1836-1900

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Lichfield Workhouse records for Inmates 1924-1928, Ledgers, 1883-1930, Minutes, 1836-1930, Rate Books, 1866-1957 and Valuation Lists 1868 – 1934

Christ Church

Congregational Church Registers


Erasmus Darwin House


Guild of Saint Mary Church

Hearth Tax


Holden’s Annual Directory 1811

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church



Inmates of Lichfield

King Edward VII Statue

Lichfield Cathedral Manuscripts


Lichfield Cathedral Registers


Lichfield Cathedral Marriage Licences and Bonds


Lichfield Museum



Lichfield Maps

Pigot's Co's National Commercial Directory for 1828-29


Pigot's Directory of Staffordshire for 1830

Poll Book

Presbyterian Church Registers

Primitive Methodist Church Registers


Probate Records - Pre 1858


Probate Records - Post 1858

Rate Books

Saint Chad’s Church

Saint Chad’s Church

Saint Chad’s Church Bishops Transcripts

Saint Chad’s Church Registers


Saint John’s Community Church

Saint Mary’s Church

Saint Mary’s Church Bishops Transcripts


Saint Mary’s Church Registers


Saint Michael’s Church

Saint Michael’s Church Bishops Transcripts

Saint Michael’s Church Marriages

Saint Michael’s Church Registers


Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum




Tamworth Street Wesleyan Methodist Church


The Swan

Valuation Lists

Voting Registers


Wade Street Independent Church

War Memorials

Wesleyan Methodist Church Registers

Workhouse



Workhouse Census Records 1881

Workhouse Correspondence and Staff Registers


Workhouse Index of Admissions and Discharges

Workhouse Records


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