Many wealthy royalists lived in Chichester, or at least had homes in the city, including Sir John Morley, Sir Thomas Boyer and Christopher Lewknor. Opposing them were Henry Chitty, the captain of the local militia, known as the trained band, and the MP for Midhurst, William Cawley.
This leaflet describes the beginnings of the English Civil War and in particular the impact it had on Chichester and the roles played by these individuals. Four of the main buildings and locations involved in this event are cited and form a trail that can be followed from the North to the East and finally to the South finishing at the Cathedral.
Availability will be advertised here and on Twitter in due course.
For further information about the Trails project visit the dedicated Trail website here
Four new guided walks leaflets will be launched on 29th March. The leaflets explore the fascinating history of each of the city’s four quadrants and give detailed descriptions of many of Chichester’s historic buildings and events associated with them.
The leaflets are the first results of a two-year Heritage Lottery funded project sponsored by the Chichester Society and also part-funded by a grant from Chichester City Council.
Over the past twelve months a group of volunteers have worked in the County Record Office and Chichester Library sifting through ancient documents which reveal new information about the city in years gone by. The trail leaflets also contain extracts from oral history interviews, which offer insights into the social history of the city from the inter-war years.
The four leaflets which are lavishly illustrated will be available free of charge from West Sussex Record Office, Chichester Library, the Novium Museum and the City Council Offices.
Chairman of the Chichester Society, Richard Childs, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled that the hard work of our volunteer researchers has come together in such attractive leaflets, which will be so helpful to both residents of and visitors to Chichester.”
Extracts from the individual leaflets will appear periodically on this our own Society website. Full information is to be found on adedicated website for the Trails.