Free talk on Heritage at Risk tonight!


Sandfields Pumping Station yesterday – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Currently held in limbo.
Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore are fighting to save this valuable asset for the community.

Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore has been in touch with a last minute tipoff of a free talk tonight (Monday, 10th February 2014) by her maverick local history group, Lichfield Discovered. Tonight’s talk is all about threatened architecture and heritage buildings in Ye Olde City, where there seems to be a more enlightened attitude than we have here in Walsall, where we regard heritage architecture as merely ‘fuel’.

Remember, these meetings are free (but donations are welcome!) What’s not to love?

Kate had this to say:

Hi Bob

Hope you’re well. Rushed off my feet at the moment and so it’s little late I know, but would you be able to mention our meeting on Monday 10th Feb please?

We’re going to be discussing Lichfield’s At Risk Heritage – exploring some of the history behind places such as The Friary, Angel Croft Hotel, Sandfields Pumping Station and Quonians Lane, taking a look at their present state and discussing what we can do to help preserve our heritage for the future.

As part of this we will be having a Q&A session with two local urban explorers whose aim is to ‘photograph and record buildings and places that will soon be lost to us forever’, and will also be hearing from people who are already taking positive and practical action to try and secure our heritage for present and future generations.

If anyone has any photographs, objects, stories or memories relevant to this, please bring them along to share on the night.

The meeting is at 7:00pm and takes place at Lichfield Heritage Centre, St St Mary’s in the Market Square. All welcome & free of charge (although we will be doing a collection, proceeds of which will go to the Heritage Centre).

People can keep in touch with what’s going on via our blog, by following us on twitter (@lichdiscovered) and we’re on Facebook as Lichfield Discovered.


These events are increasing in popularity, and I can see why; this is a collection of dedicated but offbeat local history enthusiasts who really know how to make their subject engaging and entertaining.

Please do attend, it’ll be great fun!


Kate’s recent Leomansley walk was well attended and appreciated by all, although I’m not sure if the dog was impressed or not. Image from Lichfield Discovered.

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