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Market Place (Lichfield)

The Market Place is one of the central focal points of the cathedral city of Lichfield in Staffordshire.

The main building in the Market Place is the former St. Mary's Church, which is now a local history museum and visitor centre.

Dr. Johnsons Birthplace, where the famous writer and dictionary compiler was born, stands on the corner of Breadmarket Street. He was baptised at St. Mary's.

In the Market Place itself are statues of Dr. Johnson and his friend and biographer James Boswell.

Around the corner in Breadmarket Street is the birthplace of Elias Ashmole, the 17th century antiquarian whose collection formed the basis for the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.

In the Market Place is a memorial to Edward Wightman, who was burned at the stake here in 1612. He was the last man in England to suffer in this terrible way.

George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, walked barefoot here, crying "Woe to the city of Lichfield".

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