The cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex has a rich and colourful history that stretches all the way back to Roman times, when it played an important part in the Roman invasion. Its main city streets follow the original pattern laid out almost 2,000 years ago, while the buildings that line many of those streets, when not medieval in origin, most frequently date to Georgian or Victorian times.
Well-known local author and historian Philip MacDougall takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the city's history, exploring its lesser-known nooks and crannies, and along the way relating many a tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, A-Z of Chichester will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Philip MacDougall writes books for Amberley on southern England, but with a particular interest in the military and naval complexes that arose in and around South Hampshire (especially Portsmouth), coastal Sussex (especially Chichester) and Kent (especially Medway). As a social historian, he is interested in the people and the resources of those areas and the support provided for each of those military complexes. Possibly that interest was first sparked by having a distant ancestor who served as Nelson's secretary during the 1790s and who first joined the future Admiral at the Great Nore anchorage and which lies off North Kent. As well as the author of a number of published books, Philip has contributed biographical material on selected naval officers for the widely-acclaimed Dictionary of National Biography. A speaker at events, both local and national, he offers a wide-range of talks connected with the books he has written.