Dr Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace and Statue, Lichfield

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Date:1905

Description:This postcard view shows Dr Samuel Johnson's statue on the left. It is by R.C. Lucas and was erected in 1838. The house on the right was completed in 1707 by Michael Johnson, Samuel's father. Samuel Johnson was born on 18th September 1709. He is most famous for writing the first comprehensive English Dictionary, but was also known for being a great wit and conversationalist. Around 1900-1901 this Grade I listed building became a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Samuel Johnson and currently (July 2020) known as the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Bookshop.

The Three Crowns Hotel, Breadmarket Street, can be seen to the left of the house.

On the left behind the statue is a part view of St Mary’s Church. In later years the building became Lichfield Heritage Centre. The centre closed in 2017 and was converted to house Lichfield’s main public Library, Tourist Information Centre and an Arts Space which opened in 2018.

This postcard was published by the “Wyndham” Series. It was franked in Lichfield on 5 May 1905 and sent to an address in Bagworth, Leicestershire.

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