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 South-East Quadrant is very much a walk of two contrasting halves: the former inns and chapels of East Street, South Street and the New Town area, and the pristine Georgian solemnity of the Pallants area. The former has changed markedly in recent decades, while the Pallants has changed very little, remaining a bastion of high quality housing and offices for professional workers. This trail includes the east side of South Street and the south side of East Street. The west side of South Street is included in Trail 4 and the north side of East Street in Trail 2.
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 3 covering the South-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 top left corner at The Market Cross. To follow the guide walk east along East 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.