Walk to explore the history of Lichfield’s parks

The history of Lichfield will be up for discussion on a walk being organised in the city.

As part of Local History and Community Month, Alison Richards from Lichfield District Council will be leading a guided walk around Minster Pool and Beacon Park on May 14 revealing more about the history of the area.

The Martyrs plaque

The Martyrs plaque

The walk will take in the views of Minster Pool, the Garden of Remembrance and Beacon Park and with a short history about the development of these areas over the past 1,000 years and fascinating facts on landmarks such as the Martyrs plaque.

Alison explained:

“As we developed the park restoration project grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund we had to delve into the history of these parks and how they became part of the Lichfield landscape. Local residents seem very interested in the history of their home town and I hope this walk will provide snapshots of the parks’ growth over the centuries.”

Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, added:

“Walkers will get the chance to hear more about the Martyrs plaque which dates back to 1740’s. The plaque shows the City Seal which depicts the supposed slaughter of Christians by the Romans in the 2nd Century. The History Walk will also explore Lichfield’s picturesque Minster Pool, which in medieval times was much larger, and a ferry operated to take pilgrims across the pool to the south trancept of the cathedral.”

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the walk starts at the Dam Street end of Minster Pool at 10.30am will take approximately one and a half hours. The event is free but booking is essential. For more information call 01543 308867.

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