Stone statue of King Charles II in state robes and wearing a crown, with the orb in his left hand.
[...]ptimus CAROLUS Secun[...]
[...]us & Totius Ecclesiæ Anglic[...]
after the ravages of civil war
charles ii gave money and timber towards
the repair of this cathedral.
his statue was placed in the principal
position on the west front where it remained
until the 19th century restoration
Lichfield Cathedral - 153 statues
The exterior of Lichfield cathedral is extremely rich with sculpted statues. Only the west front has 113 statues! On the rest of the exterior are 40 more statues. To make our web pages manageable, we firstly limited ourselves in photographing the large statues (the pointed archivolts of the entrance are decorated with many figures as well), and secondly, divided the description into seven parts of the cathedral:
Curiously, the exterior walls of the nave does not show any statues.
Only five of the statues and the 'Christ in Majesty' in the roof of the west doorway are medieval, all others are carved in the late 19th century by various Victorian sculptors.
The interior of the cathedral is even richer in statues, but on this website we usually do not include statues in the interior of churches.
Close to the cathedral is also the statue of Charles II.
- Sir William Wilson (Leicester 1641 - 1710)
English architect, builder and sculptor
Sources & Information
Locatie (N 52°41'7" - W 1°49'49")
Item Code: gbwm032; Photograph: 7 June 2014
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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© Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt