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Lichfield is a cathedral city, civil parish and district in Staffordshire, England. One of eight civil parishes with city status in England, Lichfield is situated roughly 16 mi north of Birmingham. At the time of the 2011 Census the population was estimated at 32,219 and the wider Lichfield district at 100,700. Notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral, Lichfield was the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language.
Administrative CountyStaffordshire
Traditional CountyStaffordshire
OS GridSK1109
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityStaffordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStaffordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStaffordshire
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code01543

Other names by which Lichfield has been known in the past

Licedfeld ~ Licethfeld ~ Lichfeld ~ Licidfeld ~ Litchfeild ~ Litchfield

Lichfield in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Lichfield, mun. bor., city, and co. in itself, Staffordshire, 17 miles SE. of Stafford and 116 miles from London by rail, 3416 ac. pop. 8349; 2 Banks, 2 news-papers. Market-day, Friday. A great share of the interest attaching to the history of this ancient city is connected with its cathedral, which, according to Fuller, was completed during Bishop Heyworth's episcopate (1420-1447). The building is described as being excellently proportioned, but as a whole more attractive from its picturesque appearance rather than its architectural beauty. A charter of incorporation was granted to the city by Edward VI. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), the great lexicographer and moralist, was born here, and was educated at the grammar school, which also had the honour of having upon its roll the names of Addison, Ashmole, and Garrick. The purity of the water makes brewing a successful industry. Carriage and harness work are largely carried on. In connection with an extension of the London and North-Western Ry. a new station was built here in 1834. Lichfield returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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