Saturday, 1 May 2021

Marking ‘Staffordshire Day’ with
photographs of Lichfield churches

The three spires of Lichfield Cathedral seen from Erasmus Darwin’s Gardens, soaring above the backs of the houses facing onto the Cathedral Close (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Today (1 May 2021) is Staffordshire Day.

To mark Staffordshire Day this year, this is a collection of some churches in Lichfield and the surrounding area (click on each photograph for a full-screen view):

The West Front of Lichfield Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Candles light up the choir in Lichfield Cathedral at Choral Evensong (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint Chad’s Well and Saint Chad’s Church at Stowe (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside Saint Chad’s Church, Stowe (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint Michael’s Church, Greenhill … stands on an earlier burial site (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint Mary’s Church, Market Square … now The Hub at Saint Mary’s (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside Saint Mary’s Church and The Hub at Saint Mary’s (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Christ Church, Lichfield … a Gothic Revival triumph by the Lichfield architect Thomas Johnson (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside Christ Church, Leomansley (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The Chapel at Saint John’s Hospital, Saint John Street … my spiritual home since my experiences there one summer afternoon in 1971 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside the Chapel at Saint John’s Hospital, Saint John Street … a tradition rooted in hospitality for pilgrims (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside the chapel Dr Milley’s Hospital, in the oldest part of the hospital (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Dr Milley’s Hospital on Beacon Street … dates back to 1424 and was re-founded in 1505 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Wade Street Church represents a tradition dating back to the 1670s (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The interior of Wade Street Church, Lichfield, seen from the gallery (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The Methodist Church on Tamworth Street … looking out on the city, and inviting the city in (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Holy Cross Church, Upper John Street, Lichfield … the door is reflected in AWN Pugin’s designs for Saint Michael’s Church, Gorey, Co Wexford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Inside Holy Cross Church … Pugin’s screen and other furnishings have long disappeared (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The Christadelphian Hall or ecclesia on Station Road, Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The Franciscan Friary was founded around 1229, when the first Franciscans or Greyfriars arrived in Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

A gate leading into the former friary gardens (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Cruck House on Stowe Lane has been used in recent decades by a variety of religious groups, including the Society of Friends (Quakers), a group of Brethren, and a Spiritualist church (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint John’s Church, Wall, stands above the Roman ruins of Letocetum (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)
Inside Saint John’s Church, Wall (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

The Church of Saint Mary and Saint George in Comberford … closed in 2013 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Farewell (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Saint Mary’s Church, Weeford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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