Hereford City Heritage

The Mayor’s Chain

David Garrick

David Garrick was born in Maylord Street in 1710. The building used to be the Angel Inn. Although Garrick was baptised in All Saints Church in 1717, he referred to Lichfield as his ‘town native place (as I call it though dropped at Hereford)’. He rose from obscurity and poverty to become one of the most important figures in the history of acting, raising the status of actors and introducing the naturalistic approach to the profession. Buried in Westminster Abbey, his epitaph by Doctor Johnson reads ‘ I am disappointed by that state of death which has eclipsed the gaiety of nations and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.’