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Worked there as a youngster as a newspaper reporter in the late 60s. It had a flourishing weekly paper and two evening papers had branch offices there. There were two Councils (City and Rural District). There was a be-wigged Recorder (George Cuthbert Heron QC) with his own Quarter Sessions Court who paraded through the streets 4 times a year accompanied by the Mayor and Aldermen plus all the barristers in their gowns and led by his Clerk carrying a large mace. He dealt with the offenders who were deemed too heinous for the lay Magistrates at their weekly session. With its three-spired Cathedral and a Close with echoes of Barchester, numerous beamed alehouses and two grammar schools Lichfield seemed to have hardly changed since the days of Johnson, Garrick and Erasmus Darwin. It was a lively news area for we young reporters. The 1970s put paid to most of its colourful local autonomy through reorganisation of local Government and the justice system - it's hard to believe that there have been any material advantages from the changes but the the City has certainly lost character and influence.

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I was there yesterday, and wish I’d read your newsletter beforehand. Now, I’ll have to go back!

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Really like this. It makes me want to visit Lichfield next time I'm in the UK. Of course I have to see the Samuel Johnson stained glass at the cathedral.

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It’s well worth your time. I was so overawed but the building I didn’t even look for his glass. Saw the Roman busy though

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