Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Chad
Became a Cathedral in 700

The Three Ladies of the Vale - the spires of Lichfield Cathedral - are the landmark of southern Staffordshire.

The Cathedral is on the spot where St. Chad performed baptisms in up to his death in 672. A church was built on the spot and by 700 it was performing as a Cathedral. The Cathedral we see today was begun by the Normans and the three identical spires were added in the 1400s.

Sadly, Lichfield suffered greatly in the Civil War and then was left to deteriorate for some centuries until a massive programme of rebuilding in the Victorian period rescued it from imminent collapse.

It seems incredible that such an important and wonderful building could have been allowed to come so close to being lost.

Photos - Andrew J. Müller

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