Staffordshire

Trentham Gardens

On the same day we visited the Monkey Forest we headed next door to Trentham Gardens. Examining a map beforehand we decided to walk around the mile long Trentham Lake, designed by Capability Brown, stopping off to also visit the ruins of Trentham Hall and the Italian Gardens.

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Trentham Monkey Forest

For my birthday in May we headed towards Trentham Monkey Forest, 60 acres of woodland which is home to 140 Barbary macaques who are free to move around the woodland as they wish. It was a fantastic morning out and so great to see that many monkeys enjoying themselves in such a lovely environment.

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The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Another place I visited when I was in Lichfield was the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Built for Johnson’s parents in 1707-8 it was their family home and the family bookshop and Samuel was born there in 1709.

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Erasmus Darwin House and Herb Garden

Whilst visiting Litchfield Cathedral I noted that directly opposite the front entrance was the Erasmus Darwin House and Herb Garden. Erasmus was Charles Darwin’s grandfather who came to Litchfield in 1756 and moved into this house with his wife in 1758.

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Lichfield Cathedral

I’d been inspired by a photograph I’d seen online to go and see this impressive looking cathedral with its three spires for myself. I’d also read about the tours of the towers that the Cathedral offered, but in the end the changeable weather made me decide to forego looking into that on the day I visited. The first cathedral on the site was founded in 700AD and the spires were completed after the Cathedral had been around for 600 years.

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