Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Chichester

Chichester, mun. bor. and city, Sussex, 1½ mile NE. of head of Chichester harbour, 28 miles W. of Brighton and 66 miles SW. of London by rail, 772 ac., pop. 8114; 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. C. is a city of remote antiquity, pleasantly situated close to the South Devon Hills. In the days of the Romans it was called Regnum, and was the headquarters of Vespasian. The materials used in the construction of the walls during the reigns of Edward III., Richard II., and Henry VI. were taken from the ancient Roman wall; about 1½ mile of the walls still exists, forming a promenade. The Cathedral (founded 1078) is a splendid Gothic structure, and contains some beautiful examples of sculpture and portraiture, as well as some very curious monuments. The trade of C. is chiefly in coal, timber, corn, flour, and malt, and there are extensive corn and cattle markets. Chichester returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

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Feature Description: "municipal borough and city"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Chichester CP       Sussex AncC
Place: Chichester

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