Lichfield is a town in the English county of Staffordshire, about 160 km north- west of London and 25 km north of Birmingham. The city has 27,900 inhabitants (as of 2001), is the administrative headquarters of the district of the same name, situated near the River Trent, from the hills to the south and east.

Lichfield holding a long tradition as a bishop 's seat. The first Bishop of New Zealand and later Primate of the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of Lichfield in 1868.

In the near Lichfield treasure of Staffordshire from the 7th century AD was recovered in 2009.


The city is well known in connection with an episode that describes the Quaker George Fox in his diary. Thus, he claims to have in the winter 1651/1652 the vision that the city is floating in blood. He felt called by God to run barefoot through the city and shout: " Woe to the bloody city of Lichfield " ( to German: " Woe to you bloody city of Lichfield ").


  • Lichfield Cathedral is England's only medieval cathedral with three spiers. It was built in 1195 and finally completed with the Lady Chapel in 1330. Previously was as excavations confirmed at the point a Norman building, which was again on foundations dating from the 7th century.
  • The Bishop's Palace (built in 1687 ) as well as a theological college (built 1837) located next to the Cathedral.
  • Milley 's Hospital is from 1504 and was a Women's Hospital.

Transport links

Lichfield has two railway stations. The Lichfield City Railway Station located in the city center and at the end of the Cross -City Line, which connects with Lichfield Birmingham New Street Station and the Lichfield Trent Valley railway station. The Lichfield Trent Valley railway station on the north- eastern outskirts of Lichfield is located on the West Coast Main Line, linking London with the north of England and Scotland.

The M6 motorway toll passes on the southern edge of the city.


Lichfield is twinned with:

  • Limburg an der Lahn in Germany;
  • Sainte -Foy- lès -Lyon in France.