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Lichfield St Michael

"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.
The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of the vicar of St Mary's, Lichfield, and incumbency of the Rev Thomas Gnosall Parr, MA."
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]


'St Michael's Church Lichfield. A Short History'
by Rev Carpenter
Published 1982 (Second Ed), by JAC Baker, Lichfield.

'St Michael's Churchyard, Lichfield, Staffs'
by Dorothy & Jim Gould
Published 1976, by South Staffordshire Archaeological & Historical Society. 



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

In the churchyard is a memorial stone to Trumpeter John Brown who sounded the trumpet at the Charge of the Light Brigade.
A photograph of the Memorial Stone.


Church History

St Michael's is supposed to have been rebuilt in the reign of Henry VII, but part of the spire was blown down in 1593.
It is a building of stone, in the Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of a nave, chancel, aisles, north porch and a western tower with spire, containing a clock and six bells. The aisles were rebuilt in 1844, and an open roof substituted for the old plaster ceiling. The church was restored in 1890.
Michael Johnson, father of the celebrated Dr Johnson, was buried in St Michael's.


Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of St Michael commences in 1569. The original registers for the period 1569-1933 (Bapts), 1569-1945 (Mar), & 1569-1940 (Bur), and Banns for the period 1754-1762 are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts for the period 1663-1868 (with many gaps) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.

A transcription of marriages at St Michael, Lichfield for 1788-1804

A transcript of the registers of St Michael, Lichfield has been published by Burntwood Family History Group.

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


Description and Travel

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

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Historical Geography

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