Welcome to the Chichester Society

The Chichester Society exists to celebrate the attractions of our City and make sure they stay attractive.

And what attractions we have to offer!

  • One of the first Roman towns in Britain;
  • Cathedral with Norman origins;
  • Handsome 18th / 19th Century townscape;
  • Internationally famous theatre and art gallery;
  • Highly-rated modern University, College of arts & technology;
  • Active and high-standard literary and cultural scene;
  • Proximity to beaches, harbour and yachting centre;
  • Gateway town to the South Downs National Park;
  • All the attractions of Goodwood;
  • Benign micro-climate.

The Society was founded in October 1973 at a public meeting called by artist David Goodman to protest against the wholesale demolition of parts of the city. This was followed by a Town Meeting held in the Cathedral in June 1974 attended by some 1,500 citizens.

David Goodman – The Society’s Founder
The Society did much  then and since to confront such threats and you can see more on our archive page.

Present membership exceeds 700.  A list of past and present Executive Committee Officers of the Society can be found here

Our website keeps you informed about the Society’s views and activities and draws attention to issues affecting the quality of life in Chichester and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Go to our Blog page to see the latest posts and contribute to the debate via the comments form when provided at the bottom of a post or page. Or you can use the general comment form here. Note: all responses are moderated to consider their appropriateness for – approval, reply, editing, marking as spam, or trashing

You can also follow us on Twitter – our ‘Tweets’ appear opposite.

If you seek more considered and detailed views, browse through previous issues of our Newsletters (a darn good read, even if we do say so ourselves).

A guide to finding information on the website is available here.

If you like what you see, and are not already a member, why not join the Society.

Please be aware of our Terms and Conditions for the use of this website and of our Privacy Policy as regards the use we make of your information

Cathedral from Bishops Garden  (click to enlarge)
Bowling green Priory Park (click to enlarge)



Market day
Market day (click to enlarge)