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
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
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.
Britain's leading food critic, Jay Rayner, will be servinvg up some top tunes with his Jazz Quartet at Lichfield
FOR a great two-day city break why not discover the delights of Lichfield
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".