New Heritage Trail launched – Inns, pubs and hotels

Trail5-CoverThe Chichester Society was delighted to launch the fifth Chichester Heritage Trail on 1st July. This trail covers inns, pubs and hotels.

Sadly, the city has seen many of its hostelries close in recent years and this trail includes some of these. The Swan, The Royal Arms, and The Fleece, are three prominent inns that have closed in East Street alone. Fortunately, many others still survive, including, The Fountain, The Hole-in-the Wall, and The Old Cross. The trail also includes descriptions of Chichester some 130 years ago, when the city boasted some seventy drinking establishments. The naturalist, W.H.Hudson, was horrified to find ‘drink-degraded wretches’ sprawling on the street corners in sight of the cathedral spire – a sight that appalled him.

This trail, along with the four previously published, are available from Chichester Library, The Novium, West Sussex Record Office, and Chichester City Council. It can also be downloaded from the project’s website www.chichesterheritagetrails.org.uk.