Lichfield St Michael – Church and Parish

St Michael on Greenhill – a history

The word “church” of course primarily refers to the body of Christian believers, and in this sense the church has a history extending over 2000 years since the time of Christ. Nonetheless in popular usage the word has come to refer to the building in which believers meet. Some church buildings have very long histories of their own. One such is the church of St. Michael on Greenhill in Lichfield. This is a very ancient worship site, and has probably been the focus of some type of ritual activity for the last 1500 years and perhaps longer. The church itself is less ancient, first appearing in the historical record in the twelfth century but it has an interesting story to tell. This story is told in three parts in the ebook St Michael on Greenhill, Lichfield – a history – from the Romans to the Reformation, from the Reformation to the end of the eighteenth century, and for the nineteenth century. This page also contains a number of blog posts and presentations that give further details of the history of the church and of the parish.

The Churchyard at St. Michael’s, Lichfield – registers and records

The churchyard of St Michael on Greenhill in Lichfield is very large and of some antiquity, with indications that it was a place of worship well before the Conquest. Today it comprises two sections – the old churchyard, which was formally closed to new burials in the late 1960s, and the new churchyard, which opened in 1944 and is still in use, although burial space is becoming very restricted. Both contain numerous graves and monuments and are of considerable interest to both historians and those involved in family history research. The web pages The Churchyard at St. Michael’s, Lichfield – registers and records collates a range of material from burial Registers, grave and monument surveys etc. into a downloadable spreadsheet that it is hoped will prove of interest and use to family history researchers and to others.

Blog posts and presentations

The Churchyard at St. Michael’s, Lichfield – registers and records. An introduction to the web pages of the same name that collate a range of information from memorials and burial registers at St Michael’s from 1813 to 2012 (November 15th 2022)

A view from St. Michael’s church in Lichfield in 1840 A brief discussion of an 1840 view over Lichfield from the front of St. Michael’s church (September 17th 2022)

Lichfield’s first railway station? A post in which I raise the possibility that there might briefly have been a station at Lichfield that predates the one from 1847 that is usually taken to be the first. (June 10th 2022)

Measurements of carbon dioxide concentrations in a church. A post describing some measurements of Carbon Dioxide concentrations in St. Michael’s church in Lichfield on May 15th 2022 (May 24th 2022)

The Petits of Ettingshall and Lichfield. An article that appeared in the April 2022 edition of the church magazine of St Michael’s church in Lichfield – it contains material from other blog posts on this site. (March 25th 2022)

The memorial inscriptions in St. Michael’ churchyard in Lichfield. A description of some of the grave and tomb inscriptions in St. Michael’s churchyard (February 7th 2022)

James Jordan Serjeantson – Rector of St. Michael’s church in Lichfield, 1868 to 1886. This takes material from earlier blog posts and appeared as an article in the February 2022 edition of the Parish Magazine. (January 3rd 2022)

St. Michael’s church, Lichfield – from the parish magazines 1889-1892. This has also appeared as an article in the January 2022 edition of the Parish Magazine. (December 21st 2021)

A presentation I gave in September 2021 at St Michael’s church on the life and times of the 19th century clergy

The seventeenth century graves of St Michael’s churchyard. A brief examination of some of the older grave monuments in the churchyard of St. Michael-on-Greenhill in Lichfield (June 10th 2021)

Lichfield St. Michael’s – pictures held by William Salt Library. Links to late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century drawings and paintings of St. Michael’s church in Lichfield held by the William Salt Library in Stafford (May 20th 2021)

John Louis Petit was a notable landscape painter and architectural critic of the19th century who was for a while in the 1820s, a curate at St. Michael’s amd remained closely associated with the parish throughout his life. His artistic work is discussed elsewhere, but in these three blogs I examine the sources of his very considerable wealth that allowed him to pursue his artistic activities, the nature of his main land holding at Ettingshall Park in Sedgley, and the location of two of his paintings of Black Country mines and iron works. John Louis Petit – painter and landholder (20th March 2021) The Ettingshall Park Estate of John Louis Petit (22nd March 2021) The Black Country pictures of John Louis Petit (22nd March 2021)

Lichfield’s First Station Master. A post that follows on from my posts on Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station of September 28th and November 28th 2020, that looks at the career of Lichfield’s first Station Master and church warden of St. Michael’s, William Durrad. (January 15th 2021)

The St. Michael Chalice of 1684. A very brief blog post with a photograph of a 1684 communion chalice from St Michael’s Lichfield, sold in the 1850s to pay for something more modern. (December 30th 2020)

Lichfield Trent Valley 1847-1871. A look at one the earliest railway stations in the Lichfield area. (September 28th 2020)

A study of the ancient prebends of Lichfield Cathedral. A post that uses information from the Staffordshire tithe maps in an attempt to recreate the early geography of the Lichfield area. (August 12th 2020)

The Staffordshire Tithe Maps. An introduction to future posts that will look at what the recently uploaded Staffordshire Tithe Maps can tell us about the Lichfield area. (August 12th 2020)

St Michael’s, Lichfield in the 19thcentury – an examination of the baptismal, marriage and burial registers for the church across the century Part 1 Part 2 (June 17th 2020)

St Michael’s church, Lichfield – Landscape, Topography and Archaeology St Michael’s church in Lichfield is an ancient church site. This post brings together archaeological and historical material that enables the development of the site to be better appreciated. (April 12th 2020)

“That way madness lies” – the search for solar alignments in Lichfield The city of Lichfield lies on a rough midwinter solar alignment with the Bronze Age site at Catholme. This post investigates this further to see if this alignment is intentional or merely accidental. (April 12th 2020)