Lichfield forms the historical centrepiece of the West Midlands. The rich local history includes such long past residents as Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin, David Garrick, and Anna Seward. These days, Lichfield could be experiencing an increased midnight rustling as the ghosts of Roundhead soldiers, reputed to haunt the Cathedral Close, realize that the carefully preserved historical character of Lichfield is about to be disturbed. In August, 2015, The Telegraph announced a competition to rename "The Ladies of the Vale", the centuries-old name referring to the three Gothic spires of the iconic medieval English cathedral of Lichfield.
Lichfield Job Opportunities
The cost of living in the West Midlands area remains slightly below the national average. As can be seen by the newly-developed Darwin Park housing estate, Lichfield's population is expanding and bringing new jobs with it. Lichfield's economy is based mostly on light industry. The larger companies in the area are Armitage Shanks, Britain's premier manufacturers of bathroom and plumbing supplies, who have the largest of their eight factories in the area, and Arthur Price of England, a business with a long history of producing quality cutlery, silverware, and gifts. These companies provide manufacuting jobs as well as administration jobs.
The increasing population in Lichfield is well supported by the main routes, Birmingham Road and the A38, by buses that service the nearby villages, and of course by rail.
Lichfield Employment Trends
The economic downturn of 2009, with the accompanying weaker pound, encouraged the "staycation" trend of domestic tourism trips. Lichfield Tourism Economic Impact Assessment Report, published in February 2014, stated that the tourist expenditure in the West Midlands increased and reached £1.23 billion in 2011. The influx of tourism funds has a direct impact on local businesses and jobs in Lichfield. For example, the creation of the £100 million shopping and recreation centre, Friarsgate, is providing for a number of jobs in Lichfield.