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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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 century...

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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...

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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...

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Halnaker Park

Halnaker Park

Taking a walk northwards up Park Lane from the tiny village of Halnaker towards the majestic ruins of old Halnaker House last Sunday reminded me that a few years ago I had gone on an official visit, but had never bothered to write up my notes! Now of course I can't...

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Country House Styles

Country House Styles

I have recently enjoyed learning all about how the country house evolved from the very early Medieval period through to the ways it has learnt to survive in the 21st Century. So whilst watching the Downton film recently I spent quite a bit of time pondering the...

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Dinner in the Cathedral

Dinner in the Cathedral

Look how glorious the nave of the cathedral looks decked out for a huge dinner party! It was only when I was preparing to conduct a tour of Chichester Cathedral in German, did I realise where the term 'nave' came from! In German the 'nave' is 'Hauptschiff' - this...

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