Bust of Lichfield's most famous son Samuel Johnson to return home - to city vape shop
The bust of Lichfield's most famous son Samuel Johnson is set to return to its original location in the city, in what is now a vape shop.
The bust – known as 'Johnson's Head' – sat above the shop doorway at 10 Bird Street for more than 150 years but was removed in the early 1970s.
Its owner, having bought the bust at auction in 2017, announced plans to donate it back to the people of Lichfield as a gift – but only if it returns to its original home.
Now Lichfield Council has submitted a planning application to restore the bust to the site, which is now a vape shop.
Johnson, who was born in Lichfield in 1709, penned A Dictionary of the English Language and is acclaimed as one of the greatest literary figures of the 18th century.