About the cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral has been a centre of Christian worship for over 1,300 years and is the burial place of the Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad. It is the Mother Church of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield and its symbolic centre. The Cathedral is committed to the daily offering of worship and prayer to God, and of spiritual nourishment to all who come on their own journey of search and discovery.
The Cathedral has many treasures including the St Chad Gospels, an illuminated Anglo Saxon gospel book from about 730 (about 50 years older than the Book of Kells). The Lichfield Angel, discovered in 2003, is a remarkable survival of Saxon sculpture. Dated to around 800, it comprises three separate fragments thought to have formed part of a tomb chest, presumably that of St Chad.
Lichfield Cathedral lies seventeen miles north of Birmingham and it is the only medieval Cathedral with three spires.