21 Facts About Chichester


The area around Chichester is believed to have played a significant part during the Roman invasion of AD 43, as confirmed by evidence of military storage structures in the area of the nearby Fishbourne Roman Palace.

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Shortly after 1066 Chichester Castle was built by Roger de Mongomerie to consolidate Norman power.

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Chichester was bombed by the Luftwaffe during World War II, but fared relatively well compared to larger English cities.

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Historically, Chichester was a city and liberty, thereby largely self-governing.

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Chichester is represented in the House of Commons by the Chichester constituency, held since 8 June 2017 by Gillian Keegan.

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From 1660 to 1868, Chichester returned two members of Parliament, this was reduced to one member by the Reform Act 1867.

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City of Chichester is located on the River Lavant south of its gap through the South Downs.

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In May 2013 Chichester hosted the Chichester Street Art Festival week where international street artists created colourful murals around the city.

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Chichester is mentioned in a 1992 episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, the 2003 film Bright Young Things directed by Stephen Fry, the 2005 film Stoned about Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones, and in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes.

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Chichester has one of the highest rates of empty homes in England, with 1 in every 17 houses vacant.

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City of Chichester has been twinned with Chartres, France, since February 1959 and Ravenna, Italy, since December 1996.

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Chichester Cross, which is a type of buttercross familiar in old market towns, was built in 1501 as a covered marketplace, and stands at the intersection of the four main roads in the centre of the city.

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University of Chichester was granted degree-awarding body status by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in October 2005.

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Chichester Cathedral, founded in the 11th century, is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and contains a shrine to Saint Richard of Chichester.

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Chichester Runners and A C is a club with runners and athletes of all ages.

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Chichester became chaplain to Charles I and was the last English cleric to hold both church and secular high office.

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Chichester was a regicide and served on the Council of State during the Commonwealth, being forced to flee to Switzerland after the Restoration.

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Artists who were born or lived most of their lives in Chichester include Richard Buckner, Heywood Hardy, James Hayllar, William Shayer and George Smith.

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Tom Odell, who was born in Chichester, is a singer and songwriter who gained success with his album, Wrong Crowd.

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Territorial policing in Chichester is provided by Sussex Police, who have a station and a custody suite in Chichester on Kingsham Road.

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Portsmouth Water manages Chichester's drinking water, whilst Southern Water manages the city's wastewater.

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