Sussex Day

Sussex Day

Today, the 16th June is Sussex Day and we celebrate this with the martlet flag flying throughout our beautiful little corner of the world! So what are we celebrating? And why today? And what is a martlet? Though many like to disagree, we have actually been divided...

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Look out for these Coade stone plaques….

Look out for these Coade stone plaques….

As you take a walk around Chichester or go for a bike ride through the villages close to the Goodwood Estate keep your eyes peeled for examples of these old 'stone' plaques on buildings and cottages..... But these plaques have not been carved out of stone – that would...

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The Ups and Downs

The Ups and Downs

English is so confusing .....  I always have to make sure I explain myself when I'm talking about the South Downs with foreign visitors who come on my guided walks. They must wonder what on earth I mean! I must sound really silly! How can a range of 'Ups' be called...

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William Peachey’s Gravestone

William Peachey’s Gravestone

The ancient gravestone of William Peachey is set into the wall of All Saints Church in the downland village of East Dean. It has become quite famous, people come from far and wide to look at this 17th century stonemason's workmanship, or more correctly his lack of...

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Zizzi’s in South Street, Chichester

Zizzi’s in South Street, Chichester

If you've ever been into Zizzi's at the bottom of Chichester's South Street you may have wondered, whilst waiting for your pizza or pasta to arrive, what the building used to be.... The clue is in the name of the little street beside it!! Above the modern restaurant...

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Death by ‘Breaking of the Horse”

Death by ‘Breaking of the Horse”

When we are allowed to venture a little further afield on our daily walks, there are lots of historical gems to look out for! And this one is brilliant..... Bosham churchyard has the gravestone of one Thomas Barrow, who died at sea on 13th October 1759. He was Master...

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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...

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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 the start of the...

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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 William...

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