Chichester’s four principal streets still mainly follow the pattern of the Roman settlement, founded nearly two thousand years ago. The city walls – remarkably intact for an English town – also follow the Roman plan and contain masonry from the original construction. These four city centre walks explore each of Chichester’s historic quadrants that are divided by the four principal thoroughfares of North, South, East and West streets. Each quadrant has its own special atmosphere and distinctive history. A great rebuilding from the late seventeenth century replaced or re-fronted timber-framed thatched houses with the characteristic Georgian street scene of brick and stucco buildings that exists today.
The North-East quadrant once had five churches and a Franciscan Friary; today three of the churches have been lost and the remaining two, along with the priory chapel, have been converted to secular uses. The open greenery of Priory Park, framed by the city walls, gives a sense of space and peace to the north-east quadrant. This trail includes the east side of North Street and the north side of East Street. The west side of North Street is included in Trail 1 and the south side of East Street in Trail 3.
Note: the digital trail is updated as necessary so the contents will differ from the original paper-based trail, a pdf version of which is available here
Below is an interactive map for Trail 2 covering the North-East Quadrant of the City. To view the map you are recommended to enlarge it by clicking on the four-cornered symbol in the top right hand corner
Start by clicking on the pedestrian symbol at the bottom left corner at The Market Cross. To follow the guide walk north along North Street and follow the orange line and marker number sequence in a clockwise direction, clicking on each marker for more information about the building or object. The tour ends where you began, at The Market Cross.