Today I want to take you on a walking tour, which you can do from the comfort of your bed / chair, of one of the most beautiful cities in the world*, Lichfield.
I’m going to call this tour The Walking Bed Tour of Lichfield. It came to me in a moment of ridiculous inspiration because I wanted to share photos of a city that I love but I didn’t want it to be just a pile of photos.
All you have to do is sit right where you are now and allow me to guide you around the city, while waffling about history and some of my connections to places.
(* – According to me and this is my tour so nod and agree.)
The first recorded history of Lichfield was in 669CE (according to Wikipedia at least) and as such there are a lot of old and stunning buildings. They’re leaning and wonky, but they are also beautiful and perhaps the kind of thing people picture when they think about quintessentially English towns.
Our first stop on this Walking Bed Tour is the library, which incidentally is the library I now use because it has an excellent young adult section and it looks like a boarding school that belongs in the middle of a field somewhere.
I always think that the part shown in the photos below looks like it belongs in Godric’s Hollow and I can’t help but wonder what’s in that attic? Why does the window lean? What’s up there?
This part of the building used to be part of a dormitory when a friary, called The Franciscan Friary, stood on the spot and it is the only surviving part of that friary. I want to live there.
Our next stop on the tour is The Tudor of Lichfield, also known as the best cafe in the world*. Here I advise you head on inside and order scones and a drink.
(* – According to me.)
I have such fond memories of this place. When my sister, my cousin and I were at school my Nan insisted on buying us ‘proper school shoes’ and that always meant a trip to Clark’s in Lichfield. When we finally emerged with shoes that she deemed acceptable we would always go to The Tudor of Lichfield for lunch.
Despite a pretty big menu I would have either scones or teacakes, it was always a tough choice, and on the way out we’d have to stop by the sweet counter and get sugar mice.
In over 500 years of existence the building has served a number of purposes:
- A prison for Royalists between 1643 – 1646
- A home
- An antique shop
- The cellars were air raid shelters during the second world war
- And from 1936 onwards, a delightful cafe
If this was an actual tour and you’d driven in to Lichfield you would have spotted several spires dotting the skyline. The city has a few churches and one grand and stunning cathedral.
I can’t help but look at it and marvel at how something so intricate could have been built over 800 years ago without the advanced technology that we have today.
Over the years Lichfield has played host to a handful of famous people. Physician Erasmus Darwin (grandfather to Charles Darwin) had a practice in the city and it is the birthplace of Dr. Samuel Johnson who wrote the first dictionary of the English language.
The Walking Bed Tour of Lichfield terminates here, don’t be afraid to leave me a tip or cake.
I really hope that you enjoyed this post because it was so much fun to write and I would love to do some more in the future.
If you’re ever in the Midlands, or you come over to the UK for a holiday, I highly recommend a trip to Lichfield.
I always feel like London gets most of the attention when it comes to tourism in England but the Midlands has a huge amount of history and is much better* and cheaper. There’s Lichfield, we have Iron Bridge Gorge Museum and Alton Towers. Oh and Cannock Chase, and frankly you’d be hard pushed to find something better to do on a nice sunny day than take a walk up The Chase.
(* – Yes, that’s my opinion again but I’ve been to a few cities in Europe and London is the most overrated one as far as I’m concerned. Manchester is better than London.)
What’s your favourite city and why?