Update – The First Two Heritage Trails

6805_CHT_logo_final_websafe-redOur 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.

My plan is to circulate first drafts for comments by mid-September. When that draft has been designed I will re-circulate for comments about the layout, images etc. at which point we could meet again – probably late September. I will mail out a suggested date in a couple of weeks.

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.

We have been working with the pupils at Bishop Luffa School and last week filmed them talking about the research they have done. We expect to upload this to the website shortly.

Chris Hare, Chichester Heritage Trails Project Manager