Billy Fiske

Billy Fiske

Years ago, as part of my history degree, I worked as a volunteer at Tangmere Aviation Museum. The museum, located just a few miles east of Chichester, is run entirely by vounteers, keen to preserve the important role RAF Tangmere and its satellite airfields played...
The Cat and the Rat…..

The Cat and the Rat…..

I’ve been listening to a series of lectures about the history of Medieval England. I’ve learned so much – though I should probably listen all over again now to ensure a little bit sticks. The story begins with the Romans and continues though until...
Civil War Graffiti

Civil War Graffiti

Here we have the view from the Sherborne Room looking out towards the Bishops’ Palace Gardens. Such a tranquil spot…. but not always. The Civil War shook Chichester from inside out and outside in! At the end of 1642 Parliamentary troops, led by Captain...
The Sherborne Room Ceiling!

The Sherborne Room Ceiling!

I have known for ages of a wonderful room in the Bishop’s Palace in Chichester but until now I have never been around at the right moment to have a peek inside! It is called the Sherborne Room after this particular wing of the palace was built in the mid 16th...
Halnaker Update

Halnaker Update

I knew I had a few pictures of this beautiful house as I had visited a few years ago. I have just included these to show the contrast between the ruins of the old house and the Edwin Lutyens version. On a fine clear day the house can be easily seen shining down upon...
A Visit to the De La Warr Chantry

A Visit to the De La Warr Chantry

The walk along Park Lane to the ruins of Halnaker House prompted lots of questions in my mind about the people who lived there and why the 3rd Duke of Richmond let the buildings slowly fall to ruins. Lord de la Warr lived in the house during the 16th century and his...