Dr Philip MacDougall, local historian, takes you on a journey through the City of Chichester revealing much of its lesser-known history. Here you will find the story behind the city's nineteenth-century banking crisis, the activities of a London mob of criminals who targeted the Goodwood races, a fascinating collection of letters written during the First World War and even how local politicians once bribed potential voters with lashings of beer.
Blending the serious and the not so serious and drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers and original documents, Secret Chichester gives a fascinating look at this city's past with images from long ago and today.
Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books on subjects relating to the south of England. Living on the outskirts of Chichester, he has a special attachment to the city and several of his books look at various aspects of both the city and the surrounding area. In his own village of Chidham, which he has also written about, he is a parish councillor and active in local affairs.