Heritage Open Days ~ Properties and events in Chichester 2019

Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.


Chichester Cathedral, West Street, Chichester, West Sussex. PO191RP

Areas of the Cathedral normally closed to the public will be open to visitors. The Song School located high up in the Cathedral’s triforium ~ come and discover its secret chamber! The Cathedral Library and the Bishop’s private chapel.

Opening Times: Saturday 21st September 11.00-14.00

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

Graylingwell Chapel Open Day

Graylingwell Chapel, Graylingwell Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO196BZ

FREE Heritage Open Day – the doors to the historic Graylingwell Chapel will be open for one day only! Tours, talks and information about Graylingwell Chapel and the history of the former Graylingwell Hospital.

Opening Times: Saturday 21st September 10am – 1pm

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

Smugglers, floods, steam trains and other stories

RSPB Pagham Harbour, Selsey Road, Sidlesham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7NE

A gentle guided walk discovering Pagham Harbour’s rich historical heritage.

Opening Times: Sunday 15th September: Guided Walk 10.00 – 13.30 (the reserve is open 24 hours)

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Required

St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital, St Martin’s Square, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1NR

Medieval hospital still in use as an almshouse for elderly residents with little financial means. Also a large garden and refreshments will be available.

Opening Times: Saturday 14th September 09.00 – 17.00

Booking Details: Pre-booking: Not applicable

For the information of our members: Annual Conference of the West Sussex Archives Society [WSAS]

When?: 28 September 10:00 – 16:00

Where?:Council House North Street Chichester

Cost: £25 non-members of WSAS, £20 members of WSAS

Booking Form: download at www.wsas.co.uk

The topic: Sussex 1635-1665 The Impact of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

Introduction: Dr. Andrew Foster

Living in Arundel and Chichester during the Civil Wars: Dr Danae Tankard and Dr. Carol Adams

Religious conflicts in Sussex during and after the Civil Wars: Dr. Fiona McCall

Delinquency and Sequestration: The Winton Estate 1642-1647: Dr. Janet Pennington

“The Last Act”: Charles II’s flight through Sussex after Worcester flight: John Sutton

Pevsner Discount Code.

Thanks to the work of our Chairman you can get your Pevsner at a discounted price:

Special Offer

Yale University Press is offering members of The Chichester Local History Society 20% off the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Sussex: West, plus free P&P. Valid for UK orders only, via the Yale website (yalebooks.co.uk)

Offer ends 1st August 2019

Enter promo code Y1952 at the checkout stage of your order.

New version of Pevsner hits the shelves.

Any readers of the ‘Chichester Observer’ for May 30th will have seen an article about the updated Pevsner guide to Sussex (now divided into two volumes, East and West). The West Sussex volume is now on sale and is a wonderful resource for all those interested in the area. Furthermore it is of particular interest to CLHS members as Alan Green, Programme Secretary, official sound level checker at all meetings and author of several works on Chichester, was asked to contribute towards the volume and, of course, did so.
A discount code to allow the purchase of this volume will be appearing shortly on this blog, thanks to our Chairman.

Chichester D-Day 75th Commemoration

21st May 18:30 The Novium “D-Day Aviation in West Sussex” Ken Rimell

Tickets available from The Novium

28th May 19:00 West Sussex Records Office “D-Day 75: West Sussex” Alan Readman

Tickets available from West Sussex Records Office

4th June 17:30 University of Chichester featuring talks from:

  • Julie & Nigel Peachey, “Reliving D-Day in the Tangmere Ops Room
  • Dudley Hooley (Tangmere) “10 Things you didn’t know about D-Day
  • Prof. Clive Webb (Sussex) “Occupied Sussex: The American Presence during the Second World War
  • Ben Blackwood (Chichester) “How RAF Tangmere Prepared for D-Day
  • Dr. Andrew Smith (Chichester) “Ten year on: the 1954 D-Day Commemoration in Normandy
  • Dr. Alwyn Turner (Chichester) “Jugglers at the Cenotaph: the 50th anniversaries of D-Day/VE Day

9th June New Park Cinema, Screening of “The Longest Day” (1962) Time to be confirmed

Tickets New Park Cinema

Musings for May

In remembrance of a little church

Seventy-two years ago, on the 30th of this month, the West Sussex Gazette recorded that the Church known as St Peter the Less in North Street ‘one of the pre-Reformation “little churches of Chichester” has now been demolished’. This church stood where the Lakeland store now stands and its memory only marked by the name of St Peter’s Street that runs beside that store. Apparently the bell (which carried upon it the date of 1580) was moved to an unnamed church in Crawley whilst the remains of those who had been interred there were moved and reinterred elsewhere.  Local historian, and CLHS member, Alan Green is writing about all the little churches of Chichester even as this blog appears!

Hello World!

Welcome to a new venture from the Chichester Local History Society. This blog will be a place where occasional articles, historical facts (if there are such things) and points of interest will be posted as the whim takes us. Don’t expect much in terms of regularity especially at the moment when we are just coming to the end of the Society’s season. That said, if you have an idle moment, it might be worth getting yourself a biscuit and a cup of tea and checking back to see if anything has changed.