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Lichfield Cathedral

"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.
The members of the Cathedral are a Dean, Precentor, Chancellor, four Canons Residentiary, about 20 Prebendaries, five Priest-Vicars, seven Lay-Vicars, a Sacrist, a Divinity Lecturer, a Sub-Sacrist, 14 Choristers, and two Vergers.
The Bishop of Lichfield is the Right Reverend John Lonsdale, DD, who resides at Eccleshall Castle and 39, Harley Street, London.
The Dean of Lichfield is the Hon & Very Reverend Henry Edward John Howard, DD, who resides at The Deanery, Lichfield Close."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]


Hand Guide to Lichfield Cathedral'
by C Lonsdale.
Published 1909 (9th ed), by Lomax's Successors, Lichfield.

'History and Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield'
by John Jackson.
Published 1796, Lichfield.

'History of Lichfield Theological College, 1857-1927'
by EC Inman
Published 1928, by Lomax's Successors, Lichfield.

'An Illustrated Guide to Lichfield Cathedral...'
by Anon.
Published 1897, by Frederic Brown, Mercury Office, Lichfield.

'Discover Lichfield Cathedral'
by Anthony Barnard.
Published 1994, Pitkin Pictorials, Andover.

'A History of Lichfield Cathedral'
by Ann J Kettle & DA Johnson
Published 1982, by Staffordshire County Library, Stafford.

'A History of Lichfield Cathedral'
by Sir John Benjamin
Published 1870, Birmingham, London.

'Lichfield Cathedral: A History of the Naval & Military Monuments, Memorials & Colours'
by Morris Boscawen Savage
Published 1967, by Friends of Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield.



A transcript of the Lichfield Cathedral Monumental Inscriptions has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

A transcript of the Lichfield Cathedral Ringing Room Monumental Inscriptions has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.


Church History

Lichfield City Council's History of Lichfield Cathedral pages.


Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of Lichfield Cathedral commences in 1660. The original registers for the period 1660-1984 (Bapts & Bur) & 1660-1836 (Mar) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts for the period 1744-1892 (with gaps 1755-66 (Mar) & 1888-92 (Bur)) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.

A transcript of the Lichfield Cathedral registers for the period 1660-1744 (Bapts & Bur) & 1665-1754 (Mar) was published by the Staffordshire Parish Register Society in 1974 and has been reprinted by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

A transcript of the Lichfield Cathedral Marriage Licences & Bonds for the period 1711-1716 has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.

Nonconformist Church Registers
Records of Nonconformist churches in Lichfield can be found on the Lichfield page.


Description and Travel

Lichfield Cathedral's pages include a description of the cathedral and its history, many photographs and a plan of the building.

A transcription of the section on Lichfield Cathedral from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)

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Historical Geography

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