We had hoped to find out more about the archaeological dig currently taking place behind Lichfield library, which was once the site of a Franciscan Friary. However, there was not a high-vis jacket nor trowel to be seen in the deserted trenches. Whilst this meant we were unable to quiz anybody about the old wall that has been uncovered, our afternoon was far from ruined. Instead, we had a wander around Monks Walk garden, an earthy pleasure unknown to many in Lichfield, including some of those who came along today. We talked politics, ghost stories and swimming pools (Lichfield needs a Lido!), and we also fought a prickly bush so we could get a look at the fourteenth century tombstone of Richard the Merchant, embedded in the rear wall of the library.Have a look yourself next time you’re there.
So, not quite as planned, but as lunchtimes go, it beats sitting at your desk getting crumbs in your keyboard.