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Lichfield Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castrum Lichesfeldenfe

In the civil parish of Lichfield.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK119095
Latitude 52.68236° Longitude -1.82644°

Lichfield Castle has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Lichfield Castle is said to have existed in the period between 1129 to 1148, probably in the Wade/Frog Street area, although place-name evidence may indicate that the allusion to a castle may derive from a possible Saxon burh. There may also have been a timber phase between the late 11th to early 12th centuries. There are no remains, but Richard II is said to have spent Christmas 1397 there and was confined there two years later; Castle Field was recorded in the south part of the town circa 1540, and Castle Ditch in the east part in 1798. An account written in 1347 by a canon of Lichfield states that Roger de Clinton (1129-1148) fortified the castle of Lichfield. (PastScape)

There are no remains, but castle field was recorded in the south part of the town circa 1540, and Castle Ditch in the east part in 1798. An account written in 1347 by a Cannon of Lichfield states that Bishop Roger de Clinton (1129-1148) fortified the castle of Lichfield. VCH attributes castle place names in south of town to possible Anglo-Saxon fortification at Borrowcop Hill and places castle in Cathedral Close. It does seem that the fortified cathedral close was described as a castellum about 1200. It is just possible that there was a timber castle of some sort in the town in the early C12 (probably started at the same time as Tamworth and Stafford i.e. c.1070) but the tenurial history (the town was held by the church) does not really support that idea. The work by Bishop Clinton was probably done on the cathedral close. Leland noted the supposed southern location of the castle but felt the Close was the true location of the castle. The 'castle' may be a reference to a bishop's unfortified court house within the town.
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