Of late, I’ve been very impressed with a relatively new local history blog for Lichfield, called Lichfield Lore. It’s a lovely blog, packed choc full of odd facts, great research and top-flight historical geekery about the city and it’s environs. There have been some excellent articles on familiar subjects – Knaves Castle, the lost Brownhillian earthwork, historical highwaymen, Lichfield’s unknown castle and some great stuff about Leomansley.
I don’t know who’s behind this engaging enterprise – the author goes by the name of Lichfeldian and they’re a big fan of Tamworth Time Hikes (let’s face it, who isn’t?), but Lichfield Lore is a different proposition. Still as charming, it’s not quite as mad as it’s easterly neighbour’s effort, but shares the same obsession with landscape history, to wonderful and complementary effect. Judging by the engaging twitter presence and reference to warm cardies, I think the proprietor is a lady, but can’t be sure.
It was on Twatter that Lichfeldian and Julie Kaine, a fellow resident of Ye Olde City, told me about the existence of the Borrowcop Gazebo, a folly in Lichfield I’d never heard of before… I visited yesterday, hoping it would make a good vantage point to observe the passing storms, but sadly, they missed the city. The Folly, however, was fascinating and commanded excellent views. This is what I love about the internet, it takes you to new and wonderful, hitherto unknown places.
Please do check Lichfield Lore out, I really think it’s great.