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Bloody past on display in cells.

THE gruesome past of Lichfield will go on display when the historic jail cells in the city's Guildhall re-open next week.

Marking the 400th anniversary of the last man to be burned at the stake in Lichfield, the cells will open on Wednesday - four centuries after the execution of ale-house keeper Edward Wightman.

The bar keeper was burned at the stake in Market Square for heresy in 1612 and spent his final days in the Guildhall cells.

From Burton, his final walk would have been from the cells into the Market Square led by the sheriff of the day.

The cells will be open between 12.30pm and 4pm.

They will then open every Saturday from April 14 until the end of September between 10am and 4pm.
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