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Location address: United Kingdom, Lichfield, Lichfield
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Lichfield /ˈlɪtʃfiːld/ is a cathedral city and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. One of eight civil parishes with city status in England, Lichfield is situated roughly 16 mi (26 km) north of Birmingham. At the time of the 2011 Census the population was estimated at 32,219 and the wider Lichfield District at 100,700.
Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, settled in 1757 in Lichfield to try to establish a practice here. A few weeks after his arrival, using a novel course of treatment, he restored the health of a young man whose death seemed inevitable. This ensured his success in the new locale. Darwin was a highly successful physician for more than fifty years in the Midlands. George III invited him to be Royal Physician, but Darwin declined. In Lichfield, Darwin wrote “didactic poetry, developed his system of evolution, and invented amongst other things, an organ able to recite the Lord’‘s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments.
His son, Robert Darwin and father of Charles was born here.