About Lichfield Lore

My name’s Kate and I moved to Lichfield around 10 years ago. I started this blog in 2010 because I’m fascinated by finding out about people and places. I’m not a historian, just curious. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try and find out…

I am currently working on ‘The Little Book of Staffordshire’ which will be published by The History Press in September 2016 and in the past have written an article on Lichfield and Staffordshire for The Observer (which you can read here) and local history articles for the Lichfield Gazette and the Chase Gazette which you can access online here.

Last but by no mean least, I am a member of the Lichfield Discovered group which holds a wide range of talks and visits to local places of interest throughout the year which you are more than welcome to come along and get involved with.

I’m on twitter (follow @LichfieldLore ) and Facebook (Kate Gomez) or you can get in touch via email at lichfieldlore-blog@yahoo.co.uk. Or you can of course leave me a comment here on the blog itself.

Look forward to hearing from you! Kate :)

21 thoughts on “About Lichfield Lore

  1. Hi there

    You may remember chatting with me yesterday. Thought I would pop along and take a look at your website. I must say youre doing a fantasitc job. Keep up the good work Kate.

  2. Hi Kate, I’ve just found your website from Lichfield Live: well done, it’s a mine of information; the ‘hole in the wall’ on Shaw Lane is something to do with the fresh water supply laid on to the city from Pipe Hill by the Conduit Lands Trust, there is a rather more elaborate water outlet in the Cathedral Close.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Mark. I started the blog as somewhere to record all of the things I read & discovered about Lichfield. I always hoped that people would find something of interest and that they would join in. Thnaks so much for your contribution and for solving the mystery of Shaw Lane!
      Regards,
      Kate

  3. the Monks Walk is having not only it’s workday this Saturday, but we are starting out usual Wednesday evening gardening activities 5.00 to 7.00. Come along, just for a chat or hopefully pull up the odd weed or 2 or more!!

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  5. Hi,

    I have been reading some of your posts about Lichfield history. Really interesting insights into the local area. I moved to Lichfield in May 2011 and have been fascinated by the city and its history (and future) ever since. It’s good to find a resource which can further my knowledge and understanding. Thank you.

    Andy

    • Thanks for your comments Andy. It’s good to hear from you. Please do get involved with the discussions if you know anything (or even if you don’t!) ;)
      Best wishes,
      Kate

  6. Hello.

    What a lovely website. I also moved to Lichfield fairly recently and love it for the history and stories that surround the place – as well as being beautiful and full of nice people!

    I particularly find the talk of the tunnels fascinating and have a torch ready to head out if ever the opportunity arises!

    Keep up the good work.

    Steve

  7. Hello Steve! Thanks for the lovely comment. Glad you find it of interest! The tunnels are fascinating & I was amazed to hear that there might be more to them that just rumours – did you see the latest comment about Whitehall?

    Cheers!
    Kate

  8. Hello Kate It was nice to meet you and Paul last Tuesday. Also it was nice to know that the photographs we showed you were of interest. Since returning home I have done a bit more delving into what I have got in terms of information on old Lichfield, and have come up with further photographs of the whole company that formed the Lichfield home guard. I have also found a book on the Yeomanry Centenary and the visit of H.R.H.The Prince of Wales [later Edward VII] dated May 1894.Besides including many photographs of the visit it also has several adverts for local businesses.Some of them only show the street that the business was trading from whilst others have the numbers in the street. No one in those days had a telephone.If you would like to see these I will bring them down when we next meet.Thank you very much for your interest. John.

    • I really enjoyed meeting you both the other day. Thanks so much for showing me the photographs. Funnily enough I bumped into John, the chap I mentioned at the meeting, not far from where your Father’s shop was and I told him about the stables. John would be really interested in coming along to the next get together. The other things that you’ve found sound fascinating! I understand that when the Prince of Wales visited Lichfield he stayed at Elmhurst Hall which has been demolished, as has Yeomanry House sadly. Really looking forward to seeing you both again. Best wishes, Kate

  9. Hi Kate,
    I have been involved in various aspects of Lichfield past and present and may possibly have information that would interest you. I notice that Lorna Bushell is in touch you – we were in the Civic Society at the same time, and my wife is very active in the Monks Walk Garden. In my opinion it should be Friars Walk. The residents were Friars – named Gray Friars owing to the colour of their habits. I am trying to find out if the Walk had any access to St.John’s Hospital.
    Regards, Les.

    • Hello Les Thanks for the comment. I suppose with it having been a Friary that Friars Walk would be more suitable! I hafn’t really thought until recently about the difference between a monk & a friar. I understand that friars play a more active role on the community whereas monks lead a more solitary life. It’s a lovely place & actually I did visit St Johns recently & the walk does continue into the grounds. I have heard a couple of times that there are plans for an archaeological investigation into this section which would be fascinating. I’ve often wondered what the relationship between St Johns & The Friary was. You might also be interested to know we’ve set up a group about Lichfield Padt & Present. Our next meeting is this Wednesday (2nd) at 7pm in the Garrick Studio. You would be most welcome! Best wishes Kate

  10. Re Monks Walk
    I attended The Friary School in the mid thirties and that part of the school grounds at that time.
    Good wishes to all Lichfeldians, Colin

  11. Hello Kate
    When putting things back today after decorating a room I came across some music written by J W Jackson and this prompted me to see if he had a mention on Google and your site was the first I came across.

    I thought you may be interested to know that John Walters Jackson was my late husband’s grandfather. I did not know him as he died in the late ’40s but we have quite a number of newspaper articles that he wrote and a book entitled Lichfield – Historical Incidents. I know he was City Librarian and also a musician – and one piece he wrote for voices entitled “Softly Fall the Shades of Evening” is really lovely. I think he and his wife came to Newport probably at the beginning of WWII and his wife outlived him only by about 3 months.

    Kind regards

    Jean Jackson

    • Hello Jean Thanks so much for getting in touch. I’ve read the book and many of his newspaper articles but didn’t realise he composed music as well. I love his local history work, it captured so much that would otherwise have been forgotten.
      Kind regards, Kate

  12. Hi Kate, my name is Danny Parkinson and I am a resident of Tamworth with a huge interest in the long lost Tamworth tunnels and it’s history in general.

    I’ve heard of the rumours surrounding the tunnel(s) ever since I was a child and have recently started to do my own research on the matter. It’s only very early stages, and is only really hearsay and internet related articles at the moment. I was surprised and happy to come across your very recent post on the subject, which has spurred me on to dig deeper on the subject matter. I love the thought that we have this rich tapestry of history lying right under our feet and all it could take is a bit of perseverance to find out more.

    I’m not writing so much to ask for anything in particular, just more to let you know that your interest in this area isn’t alone and that if ever you wanted to discuss the subject further, or even come across a lead in the future, that I would be very happy to be involved with it somehow.

    Anyway take care and all the best, and who knows, maybe one day those tunnels will be re-opened and take place in the growth of tourism and historical understanding of our part of the country!

    Best regards

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  14. Hello Kate
    I enjoyed your recent Sandfields walk.
    Members might be interested in a walk we have planned around Wall village, highlighting the Roman remains. For details please ring Julie on 01543 418464
    Cheers
    Sheila

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