Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7 June 2010 Chichester and Arundel

Chichester Cathedral 1076

View of Concrete and lead light window in Chichester Cathedral recently restored at a cost of £500,000 (The picture doesn't do it justice)

Tudor Market Cross in the centre of Chichester

This is Wests Bar in Chichester

Today we awoke to a very overcast day and decided to visit Chichester and Arundel, two towns close to where we are staying in Aldwick, near Bognor Regis.

Chichester is a city with history in every corner. In the city centre is an ornate Tudor Market Cross which once housed the the local market but now stands at the centre of the city's four main Georgian high streets and is a focal point for visitors and shoppers (like Lyn) to rest before moving on to the next shop.

Around the city is a Roman Wall built in medieval times enabling visitors to explore the city's long history on foot by following them.

The beautiful Chichester Cathedral built in 1076 and completed in 1108 when Australia was only inhabited with Aboriginals sits majestically in the city centre.

Just around the corner is a lovely paved shopping area with a large selection of shops.

Lyn was pleased to find a Mothercare shop so disappeared inside for some time and came out with a bagfull of stuff and an empty purse. Lyn loves buying things for our Grandson(s), she will have to slow down as we are going to be way over in our baggage allowance on the way back to Australia

After a Cathedral visit we moved on to the next town, Arundel.

Arundel is a quaint little town and has a beautiful Castle situated in the town itself. The streets are cobbled and narrow not easy to walk along. The shops once again are right on the edge of the road so space is limited for traffic.

The Castle is one of the longest inhabited country houses in England and dates back to 1067.

As we were running out of time and didn't want to get caught up in the traffic heading home from work, we decided not to do a tour. In the short time we had we wouldn't have been able to do it justice. Not to mention we would have had to pay
£32 to see it all.

1 comment:

  1. If you watch out for a TV series just about to be aired called THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (writer Kevin Follett), it is set in the 1000 -1100 AD and it is about the building of the cathedral at Kingsbridge (not sure if there is such a place). Apparently that period in English history is known to be the Cathedral building time.