Staffordshire town, 12 miles SE of Stafford.
Joseph Addison (1869-1951), poet and essayist, lived in the city from 1683 until 1698, attending the local Grammar School. His father was the Dean of Lichfield.
Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), poet and physician, lived in Lichfield from 1756 until 1781.
Thomas Day (1748-1789) anti-slavery poet and novelist, lived in Lichfield during the late 1700s.
Samuel Evans, the uncle of George Eliot (1819-1880) and the model for the character of Seth Bede in her novel, Adam Bede (1859), carved the Bishop's throne in 1860 in the red sandstone cathedral.
The dramatist George Farquhar (1678-1707) recruited troops in Lichfield and stayed at the George Inn, Bird Street.
Richard Garnett (1835-1906) was born in Lichfield. He worked at the British Museum Library all his life and wrote poetry, biographies and short stories.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was born in a house on the corner of Breadmarket Street in the market place. The house and bookshop, built by his father in 1707, is now a museum.
Anna Seward (1747-1809) lived at the Bishop's Palace from 1754. She was at the centre of a literary circle which drew interest from authors and poets from far afield and some were visitors to the (then) town. She never moved away from the town and became known as "The swan of Lichfield".
Craig Thomas (1942- ), writer of espionage novels, lives near Lichfield.
Location map of Lichfield courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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