The Lichfield Apartments

Lord Lichfield and his dog

In 1960, Patrick Lichfield inherited Shugborough from his grandfather the Fourth Earl of Lichfield, Thomas Edward Anson.

Getting to the apartment

The apartment is located to the left of the mansion, a 15 minute walk from reception. It can only be accessed via timed tickets that you can get at reception. These tickets sell out fast, so we recommend you coming early, or visiting us on quieter days in the week.

The history

Lord Lichfield established himself as one of the leading professional photographers of the day under the name of Patrick Lichfield.  His remarkable career enabled him to move in social circles photographing and developing close friendships with high profile celebrities and royal family members of the time such as Princess Margaret.

Stars of stage and screen, like Olivia Newton-John, graced the apartment
Olivia Newton-John sat on the bed in the Lichfield Apartments
Stars of stage and screen, like Olivia Newton-John, graced the apartment

Within the house, Patrick Lichfield had the private apartment created as well as retaining the use of the island facing the house, on which he created his much-loved oak arboretum hosting a unique collection of different varieties of oak trees from Europe across to Asia.

Lord Lichfield continued to live in the apartment along with his three children and played an important role on the estate until his death in 2005. His son, Thomas, is the current Earl of Lichfield.

See the behind the scenes of Patrick Lichfield's life
Patrick Lichfield and his family in the apartments
See the behind the scenes of Patrick Lichfield's life

Explore his apartments and immerse yourself in the time whether that’s relaxing on the settee watching a bit of television or be lured by the smell of coffee into the kitchen and the chance to have a read and a sit down at Patrick Lichfield’s breakfast table.