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Chichester during the Civil War 1642-1646
Trail content generously provided by the Chichester Society. The outbreak of civil war in England during the summer of 1642 was the culmination of decades of simmering resentment that took many forms. Politically, the nation was divided between those who supported the right of King Charles I to rule on his own without recourse to parliament, known as the ‘Divine Right of Kings’; and those who believed that laws, and particularly taxation, should not be imposed without the consent of parliament. In religious terms, the King sought, through his archbishop, William Laud, to ‘uphold the dignity of the clergy’, and to reintroduce practices that seemed reminiscent of the ritual and liturgy of Roman Catholicism. Civil war became inevitable when King Charles entered the House of Commons with armed soldiers, determined to arrest five of his leading critics, including Sir Arthur Haselrig, who would play an important role in the siege of Chichester in December 1642. Content provided under a Creative Common licence - visit the Trail Website for further details.
Chichester Heritage and Culture Trail
Chichester is well known for its rich heritage and culture, from the city walls it is built within to the landmarks that it is home to. Follow this trail to discover more about the city’s infamous places and people from the past who have a special connection with Chichester.
Chichester Street Art Festival Trail
The Chichester Street Festival was jointly organised by Street Art London and local artist and sculptor Neil Lawson Baker (CEO of the National Open Art Competition), It was curated by Richard Howard-Griffin of Street Art London. It was organised in secret for a year beforehand, going 'live' on 4th May 2013. Street artists flew in from all over the world and decorated many locations throughout the city with street art. Take a walk around Chichester and take in some of the incredible creations nestled around town. Credit: With a special thank you to Clothkits/Drapers Yard and to those that submitted images and/or information for the creation of the trail.
Chichester’s Green Spaces
Follow this trail to discover Chichester’s stunning parks and gardens, discretely hidden just a stone’s throw from the city’s main shopping centre. There are plenty of eateries offering takeaway services so you can enjoy alfresco refreshments in a picturesque setting.
Churches, Chapels and places of worship
Trail content generously provided by the Chichester Society. Chichester once had nine parish churches, catering for a population, that in the seventeenth century, did not exceed 2,000 inhabitants. Today only two of these churches, St Paul’s, and St Pancras, are still open for worship. As well as the Anglican churches, there were a number of nonconformist chapels that are also included in this trail. Churches and their clergy played a pivotal role in the life of the city. A person’s social standing, as well as their piety, could be judged by the church they attended. Anglicans, Methodists, and Baptists often lived separate social as well as religious lives. The city’s Roman Catholics were the most marginalised of all religious denominations – a situation that persisted within living memory. Content provided under a Creative Common licence - visit the Trail Website for further details.
The Charity Shop Hopping Trail
Our Charity Shop Trail highlights the retailers we have in Chichester stocking a great range of preloved items. Follow our trail to discover the fantastic retailers Chichester has to offer.
The Cocktail Trail
If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a drink you'll be spoilt for choice in Chichester, from classy bars to cosy pubs you’ll be sure to find your perfect tipple.
The Fabulous Food Trail
Discover amazing eateries in Chichester and explore the wonderful cuisines that they have to offer. Follow our delicious trail and get ready for a taste sensation!
The Jewellery Trail
Our Jewellery Trail highlights the retailers we have in Chichester stocking a great range of jewellery and watches and offering incredible repair and design services. Follow the trail to discover the fantastic Jewellers Chichester has to offer.
The Live Music Trail
Be entertained in Chichester and immerse yourself in live music in some of the towns most stunning venues.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival Trail
Chichester BID has partnered up with Goodwood Racecourse to bring the glamour of Glorious into the city. The Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as Glorious Goodwood, is one of the undisputed highlights of the British horseracing season and summer social calendar, taking place right here on our doorstep. To take part simply look out for the hoof prints leading to each participating business and scan the QR code in the window. For everyone that completes the whole trail you will receive a special 2-for-1 offer on Lennox Enclosure tickets to The Qatar Goodwood Festival, which takes place from 26 – 30 July. Once you complete the trail, an email will be sent to you within 1-7 days with the exclusive discount code to claim your 2-for-1 offer on tickets. T&Cs Apply. Each participating business will also be sharing Glorious-themed tips, tutorials, recipes and more over the month of July on social media – keep an eye on the Chichester BID and Goodwood social media channels to get advice on everything from what to wear and how to style your hair to the best post-racing summer cocktail recipes.