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A Lichfield residents’ group has hailed work to redevelop a former city hotel.

Friel Homes is in the process of redeveloping the Angel Croft site on Beacon Street.

Friel Homes’ video outlining the proposals for 1 Beacon Street

Members of the Beacon Street Area Residents’ Association have recently visited the site to see progress being made on the historic building.

Chairman Bob Smith said:

“Everyone was very impressed with how the developers Friel Homes are carrying out the renovations of the hotel and its grounds for residential use.

“The whole site is a complex development, blending existing buildings with new construction and landscaping.

“This type of prestige site does usually lead to extensive planning issues, particularly with its location opposite the cathedral and adjacent to Beacon Park.

“The residents’ association has been very supportive of this development and believe that it will enhance this area of Lichfield.”

Bob Smith, chairman of Beacon Street Area Residents’ Association

Friel Homes say the project is designed to fit into the character of the local area.

“Over the past four years we have acquired the former Angel Croft Hotel, Westgate Hosue and cottage and the surrounding land on Beacon Street.

“We aim to develop the three and a half acre site into luxury city centre living while harmonising with the Georgian architecture of the surrounding area.”

Friel Homes


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

4 replies on “Residents' group hail work to redevelop former Lichfield hotel”

  1. Always wanting ti hear more about Lichfield. I was born there in 1943, but have lived in Australia for the last 40 years. Must admit I dont recognise most of the pictures

  2. I have very happy memories of the Angel Croft. It had fallen into considerable disrepair and desperately needed attention. As one of the eminent Georgian town houses in the city and with its location near the cathedral and park it is of some importance. It was almost certainly grade two listed and thus required sympathetic restoration. Therein lies the problem. The pictures depict what looks like a new build. Good quality no doubt but very much against the preservation of an iconic building. How did that get through planning? All that is old is not necessarily good but it would be difficult to argue that the ethos of the old Angel Croft wasn’t worth saving.

  3. Sorry but the Angel Croft has been here since I moved to Lichfield in 1983. The top picture is exactly as it is today after the work being done by the developer.

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