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Johnson Birthplace Museum

A Grade I Listed Building in Lichfield, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.6835 / 52°41'0"N

Longitude: -1.8279 / 1°49'40"W

OS Eastings: 411730

OS Northings: 309542

OS Grid: SK117095

Mapcode National: GBR 4DN.LPS

Mapcode Global: WHCGN.WTR5

Plus Code: 9C4WM5MC+9R

Entry Name: Johnson Birthplace Museum

Listing Date: 5 February 1952

Last Amended: 17 June 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1292492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 382614

ID on this website: 101292492

Location: Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13

County: Staffordshire

District: Lichfield

Civil Parish: Lichfield

Built-Up Area: Lichfield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Lichfield St Michael and St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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1094-1/5/65 (South West side)
05/02/52 Johnson Birthplace Museum
(Formerly Listed as:
Dr Johnson's House)


House and book shop, became museum 1901, now with book shop
(1990). c1707. For Michael Johnson.
Timber-frame with brick infill and stucco facades; tile
M-roof, hipped to right end, brick stacks. Double-depth plan.
Georgian style.
3 storeys; 5-window range. 1st floor jettied on 2 Tuscan
columns and one Doric column to centre, all on simple plinths,
frieze and cornice over; giant angle pilasters to upper
floors; top modillioned timber cornice. Paired entrances have
fielded-panel pilaster strips, friezes and cornices over
6-fielded-panel doors; opposed steps with wooden handrails.
Ground floor has 2 windows to left end with 18-pane sashes
with thick glazing bars, ovolo-moulded to interior, one to
right end with 24-pane sash, all with moulded frames; 1st and
2nd floor windows have narrow sills and 18-pane sashes with
thick glazing bars in moulded frames, but 2 to right end of
1st floor are later.
Right return to Market Street has platt bands; entrance with
small-paned overlight to 6-fielded-panel door with iron
railings, with paired projecting windows to right with sill,
entablature and 24-pane sashes; 9-pane sashes to upper
windows, those to 2nd floor with thick glazing bars, and 2
hipped dormers with 9-pane sashes. Left return has exposed
timber frame. Right end has wrought-iron sign bracket. Rear
has 18-pane and 9-pane sashes; 2 gables.
INTERIOR: dogleg staircase has column-on-vase balusters,
square newels and moulded handrails; 1st floor has corner
fireplace with Regency grate, similar fireplace to rear room;
2-panel door with H-L hinges; right end room has cornice,
architraves and seats to windows and fireplace with
overmantel; attic has stick balusters to staircase, exposed
timber-framing and roof trusses.
Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709-84, writer and lexicographer, son of
Michael Johnson the bookseller, lived here until 1735.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London:
1974-: P.194; Wilkinson R: Look at Lichfield: Lichfield:

Listing NGR: SK1173009542

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