We meet at The Lichfield Fire Station Community Room (opposite Debenhams) and our sessions are from 1 pm to 3 pm
Meetings are held every four weeks commencing on 11th January 2018.
The City of Lichfield itself offers a magnificent cathedral, built on the site of a small Christian church that archaeologists and historians have ascribed to Bishop Jaruman and dated to between 662 and 667. Close by Stowe Pool, St Chad’s Church features the well where Chad is said to have baptised converts during his years as Bishop of Lichfield between 669 and 672. The Close surrounding the cathedral played a significant role during the English Civil War, changing hands four times before the Restoration.
Within twenty miles of Lichfield we find the Iron Age hill fort of Castle Ring, occupied until 50 CE by the Celtic Cornovii tribe, a reconstructed Roman marching camp at Baginton originally built in the aftermath of the Boudican rebellion and the remains of the Roman administrative centres at Letocetum and Viriconium.
In the post-Roman period it is now known that the crypt under St Wystan’s Church, Repton became the mausoleum for two Mercian kings and, not far away at Ingleby, archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be the only known Viking war cemetery in the British Isles. Closer to Lichfield, Polesworth Abbey was founded as a Benedictine nunnery in the 9th century and Father Philip Wells, a brilliant speaker, has overseen the archaeological excavation of the gardens.
If you would like to know more about your distant ancestors without the pressures that we faced at school, why not join us for a couple of hours of Learning and Laughing? To quote the Satires of Juvenal (circa 60 – 130 CE) ‘mens sana in corpore sano’.
For further information please contact G. Barrows by clicking onto the CONTACT link at the top of the page and leave a message.