There has been a market on the historic market square since King Stephen's Charter of 1153.
Today the markets are run Lichfield City Council and our established traders offer a wide range of quality goods at value-for-money prices.
Lichfield's Market Square has been central to city life and historical events for almost a thousand years. It has been the site of gruesome executions, happy celebrations and has been a key trading area of our historic city.
The market began in 1153 when King Stephen granted the first Markets charter.
In the 1550's, during the reign of 'bloody' Queen Mary, Thomas Hayward, John Goreway and Joyce Lewis were burnt at the stake on the Square. Then in 1612 Edward Wightman was convicted of heresy and burnt at the stake at the same location - the last person so to die in England.
In 1651 George Fox, the Quaker, famously stood barefoot on the Market Square and denounced the city. "Woe to the Bloody City of Lichfield".
The Market Square is overlooked by the house where Dr Johnson was born in 1709. Dr Johnson was the writer of the first authoritative English Dictionary and his house is now a public museum.
Today the square is owned by Lichfield City Council and continues to be central to key events in the city. The thriving markets offer a wide range of quality merchandise and fresh produce from established traders.
In February you can see the Mayor and the Sherriff take the first ride of the Shrovetide Fair. Each September the square plays host to a celebration of Samuel Johnson's birthday and every winter it is the central location of the Christmas lights switch-on festivities.