Heart of the community
Construction of the present Lichfield Cathedral began over 800 years ago. Built in the Gothic style, it is the third cathedral church on the site and has a fascinating history of sieges, restoration, remodelling and further restoration. It is home to the St Chad Gospels, the Lichfield Angel, Flemish glass, monuments by Chantrey and Epstein and the Lang Lichfield Collection of modern silver. The Cathedral is set within a serene Close, which still shows remnants of the mediaeval fortifications and many architectural styles. A key element in community life is the annual Lichfield Festival (July), with notable past performers including Stephen Fry, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Sir Simon Rattle. You can get involved in workshops or enjoy a free performance - there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. The Lichfield Bower is an interesting and traditional local festival which takes place on the Spring bank holiday – it features a procession through the streets, the crowning of the Bower Queen, Morris dancers, bands and more. The recently opened Lichfield Garrick is a new and exciting venue in the Midlands for art, theatre and conferences. The Lichfield Canal, which covers a distance of seven miles between Lichfield and Birmingham, is under restoration with the backing of TV’s Hercule Poirot, David Suchet.
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