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Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, South-East England. It has a long history as a settlement; its Roman past and its subsequent importance in Anglo-Saxon times are only its beginnings. It is the seat of a bishopric, with a 12th century cathedral, and is home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain. Chichester today is a local government stronghold, with three levels of government being administered there.
Administrative CountyWest Sussex
Traditional CountySussex
OS GridSU8604
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionSouth East
Police AuthoritySussex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Sussex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Sussex
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01243
Population23,731 2001 Census

Other names by which Chichester has been known in the past

Bartholomew St ~ Caercei ~ Cathedral Close ~ Chicester ~ Chichister ~ Cicestria ~ Cirran Ceaster ~ Cissan Ceaster ~ Newtown ~ Otter Memorial ~ St Bartholomew ~ Cicestre

Chichester in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

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.

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