Lichfield


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Lichfield

(ˈlɪtʃˌfiːld)
n
(Placename) a city in central England, in SE Staffordshire: cathedral with three spires (13th-14th century); birthplace of Samuel Johnson, during whose lifetime the Lichfield Group (a literary circle) flourished. Pop: 28 435 (2001)

Lich•field

(ˈlɪtʃˌfild)

n.
a town in Staffordshire, in central England. 92,900.
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SAMUEL JOHNSON was the son of a country bookseller, and he was born at Lichfield in 1709.
An advertisement appeared in the papers, "At Edial, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, young gentlemen are boarded and taught the Latin and Greek languages, by Samuel Johnson." But Johnson was quite unfitted to be a teacher, and the school did not prosper.
Leaving his wife at Lichfield, he set off with his friend and pupil David Garrick, as he afterwards said, "With twopence halfpenny in my pocket, and thou, Davy, with three halfpence in thine."
Johnson was born in 1709, the son of a bookseller in Lichfield. He inherited a constitution of iron, great physical strength, and fearless self-assertiveness, but also hypochondria (persistent melancholy), uncouthness of body and movement, and scrofula, which disfigured his face and greatly injured his eyesight.
He gave me a long account of some of his adventures, and particularly one when he robbed the West Chester coaches near Lichfield, when he got a very great booty; and after that, how he robbed five graziers, in the west, going to Burford Fair in Wiltshire to buy sheep.
Local musicians are being invited to play with some of the finest jazz musicians in Lichfield this September.
Visit Lichfield held a presentation in the historic council chamber on June 13, presenting the newly qualified city guides with their certificates, a Visit Lichfield umbrella and Visit Lichfield badge.
If you've ever been to Lichfield in early July, you'll know that festival fever takes hold with thousands of visitors flocking to one of the country's most eclectic multi-arts festivals.
BACK in the 18th century, Dr Samuel Johnson took his friend Boswell to Lichfield to show him "genuine civilised life in an English provincial town".