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16–18 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JJ

This former post office bears the name of the Staffordshire-born sculptor who designed the portrait of the queen which has appeared on postage stamps since 1967, along with the image of the queen’s head for the first decimal coins. From at least the mid 19th century, until the 1970s, the neighbouring building was The Acorn public house, now the name of this Wetherspoon pub. Although only a small city, Lichfield has a remarkable reputation as the birthplace or home town of famous men and women, particularly in the literary field, where one name towers above all others.

Text about The Acorn Inn.

The text reads: This Wetherspoon freehouse is part of a development built on the site of number12-18 Tamworth Street. In the1870s number12 was a grocers. At one time number 16 housed a cycle-maker and a garage, whilst number18 was in use as a bakers and a greengrocers. Number 18 (later 20) was The Acorn, which has given its name to these premises.

A painting of Erasmus Darwin, and a copy of The Temple of Nature. 

The text reads: Organic life beneath the shoreless waves

Was born & nursd in oceans pearly caves:

First form minute, unseen by spheric glass

Move on the mud, or pierce the watery mass;

These as successive generations bloom.

New powers acquire & larger limbs assume:

Whence countless groups of vegetation spring. And breathing realms of fin & feet & wing.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

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