By Tim Lambert

Roman Chichester

43 The Romans invade Britain

44 The Romans build a fort on the site of Chichester. The army soon move on the local Celtic king (a puppet ruler under the Romans) establishes a town on the site.

c. 80 An amphitheater is built by the town

407 The Roman army leaves Britain. Afterwards Roman civilisation breaks down and towns are abandoned.

c. 500 The Saxons conquer the area and a Saxon called Cissa takes over what is left of Chichester

Medieval Chichester

c. 885 Alfred the Great revives the old town

894 Men from Chichester and the surrounding area defeat the Danes

c. 950 Chichester is a flourishing market town with a mint

1075 The bishop moves from Selsey to Chichester

1086 Chichester has a population of around 1,500. The Normans build a castle at Chichester.

1091 Work begins on Chichester Cathedral

1108 Chichester Cathedral is consecrated. The Sloe fair, held each October by a sloe tree begins.

1114 Chichester Cathedral is badly damaged by fire

1187 The cathedral is again damaged by fire

1230 Franciscan friars (called grey friars) arrive in Chichester

1250 Chichester has a population of around 2,500

1353 Chichester is made a staple port (one of the ports from which wool is exported)

c. 1410 A campanile (separate bell tower) is built for the cathedral

Renaissance Chichester

1501 Bishop Storey erects the market cross

Chichester Market Cross

1538 Henry VIII closes the friaries in Chichester

1578 Streets in Chichester are paved for the first time

1625 William Cawley builds almshouses

1642 During the Civil War Chichester is captured by parliamentary troops

1687 Thatched roofs are banned in Chichester because of the risk of fire

1712 Dodo House is built for Henry Peckham

1720 The population of Chichester is around 4,000

1726 Four clocks are added to the Market Cross

1731 The Council House is built in North Street

1764 Chichester gains its first theater

1773 West, North and South gates in the town walls are demolished

1779 Chichester gains its first bank

1783 Eastgate is demolished

1791 Paving Commissioners are formed with powers to pave and clean the streets

19th Century Chichester

1808 The Butter market opens

1809 Land is sold in the southeastern corner of the town for building

1813 St Johns Church opens

1833 The Corn Exchange is built

1846 The railway reaches Chichester

1850 A Teacher Training College opens

1871 A new cattle market opens

1875 Chichester gains a piped water supply

20th Century Chichester

1900 Chichester has a population of about 9,000

1908 Chichester High School for boys opens

1909 Chichester gains electric streetlight

1910 The first cinema in Chichester opens

1937 A new police station is built at Kingsham. Chichester bypass opens.

1946 Whyke Estate is built

1957 Chichester is twinned with Chartres

1962 Chichester Festival Theatre opens

1965 A new bus station is built. Bishop Luffa School opens.

1967 A new library opens

1971 The population of Chichester is 21,000

1987 Westgate Leisure Centre opens

1989 A new record office opens

1990 Chichester Livestock Market closes

1993 A Tourist Information Centre opens in Chichester

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