The Twelve Heritage Trails’ themes
The first two trails will be:
1. South and North Street
2. East and West Street
To be followed by:
3. North-West Quadrant (centered around County Hall, Library, Novium etc.)
4. North-East Quadrant (Priory Park, Little London etc.)
5. South-East Quadrant (The Pallants, Pallant House etc.)
6. South-West Quadrant (Cathedral, Cathedral Close etc.)
There will also be four themed trails:
7. Crime, Punishment and Scandal
8. Pubs and Breweries
9. Trade and Industry
10. Modern Chichester (Post WW1)
The University of Chichester history students are currently working on a World War One Trail; while those at Bishop Luffa School are working on World War Two – these will make up our compliment of twelve trails.
The project research material is being coordinated by a team of volunteers and anyone who is doing any research on a specific theme listed above they should mail this to one of the following:
- World War Two, Mari Burton – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Literary personalities, Mary Hand – email@example.com
- Regency and Crime, Punishment and Scandals, James Hobson – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trade and Industry (including shops), Mabs Evans and Sue Williams – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- West Street and Westgate, Sue Williams – email@example.com
- Pubs and Brewing, Pat Saunders – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Modern Chichester, Irene Selway – email@example.com
- Everything else – Chris Hare – firstname.lastname@example.org
If your research does not fit into one of the themes, don’t worry, as it can probably be incorporated into the location trails (1 – 6). For example, there is no literary trail as such but Mary’s work on these personalities will be spread through trails 1 -6. The same could be true, for example, for Roman Chichester or Civil War Chichester.
Our first two heritage trails will cover the four main streets: North, South, East and West, so it is information about these buildings or anecdotes relating to people or events associated with this part of the city that I am most interested in.
I was asked to reiterate the type of notes I would like and how they should be presented. So here are a few pointers:
- Note any any change of use to a building. Example: former church now a cafe.
- Include any anecdotal information associated with a building. Example: John Keats wrote the Eve of St. Agnes here.
- People are interested in people – include the human detail: Example: the city band used to play at the Market Cross every New Year’s Eve.
- Each note should be full enough to tell a story but not so long as to become an article. A paragraph of two to three sentences will generally suffice for each mention of a building, event etc.
- Please always state where you got the information from. There are well known examples of false information being repeated by historians because they just assumed it was true. For example, the Maison Dieu at Arundel, which turned not to be a ruined medieval hospital but the remains of a monastery. Yet the incorrect information was regularly repeated in print for decades.
Please continue to send me your notes and if you would like direction or suggestions about further research please contact me.
Chris Hare – Chichester Heritage Trails Project Manager
History People UK