was founded as a Roman camp soon after Emperor Claudius invaded Britain in AD43. Its Roman walls remain protecting the city’s Medieval and Georgian centre.
Soon after the invasion internationally famous Fishbourne Palace was built. It is the largest private villa built in Northern Europe in recognition of the loyalty towards the Emperor by the local King.
The church at Bosham is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. It illustrates the journey from Bosham by Harold Godwinson
as he sailed across to Normandy. The daughter of King Canute, who was related to the Godwinson's, drowned and is
buried in Bosham church.
was the official landing place for the Port of Chichester which, in the 14thC was considered the 7th in importance in England.
harbour village was linked to the coastal village of Bracklesham by a Roman road.
This fishing community has a long rich history dating back centuries. The whole area is home to one of the last surviving examples of the historical Land Settlement Associations.
SECOND WORLD WAR:
The whole region was crucial to the air defences of the nation during the War through the creation of Tangmere and other local aerodromes.