Saint Chad – Lichfield Cathedral

Saint Chad

Location: Lichfield Cathedral

Unveiled: 2021

Chad is the saint and bishop to whom Lichfield Cathedral is dedicated.  Lichfield Cathedral commissioned sculptor Peter Walker, to create a major new public sculpture of Lichfield’s patron saint.

Made of bronze and standing 3m tall in The Close facing Dam Street to welcome visitors and pilgrims to the Cathedral, he holds a representation of the Cathedral’s famous 8th century St Chad Gospels in one hand with his other hand raised in blessing.

Famous for his holiness and humility, Chad maintained a life of poverty and simplicity and preferred to walk to all parts of his huge diocese than to ride. In the sculpture he is seen almost in motion, about to set out from the Cathedral behind him to draw people into its community.

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In the press:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/2-july/news/uk/statue-of-unifier-st-chad-unveiled-in-grounds-of-lichfield-cathedral

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/arts/11/20245/the-return-of-the-saint