The castle was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. Roger became the first to hold the Earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.
From the 11th century onward, the castle has served as a hereditary stately home and has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. It is still the principal seat of the Norfolk family and is a Grade I listed building.
A nice view of the River Arun.
Time for lunch, so off we went to Chichester.
The area around Chichester is believed to have played a significant part during the Roman Invasion of A.D 43, as confirmed by evidence of military storage structures in the area of the nearby Fishbourne Roman Palace. The city centre stands on the foundations of the Romano-British city of Noviomagnus Reginorum, capital of the Civitas Reginorum.
The Chichester Cross, according to the inscription upon it,was built by Edward Story, Bishop of Chichester from 1477 to 1503; but little is known for certain and the style and ornaments of the building suggest that it may date from the reign of Edward IV (1442 - 1483). It was built so that the poor people would have somewhere to sell their wares, and as a meeting point. An earlier wooden cross had been erected on the same site by Bishop Rede (1369-1385).
After some lunch we made our way to the Cathedral
Despite this, Chichester has two architectural features that are unique among England's medieval cathedrals—a free-standing medieval bell tower (or campanile)
and double aisles. The cathedral contains two rare medieval sculptures, and many modern art works including tapestries and stained glass.
There are also lists and pictures of all the Bishops of Chichester adorning the walls.
Another interesting feature was this glass topped tabled, which allowed one to take a photograph of the ceiling above,
If you ever find yourself in Chichester do go visit the Cathedral, it has a lot of history and interesting features.
By the time we exited the cathedral we had to make our way back to meet the coach to return to the hotel. We made it back with just enough time for a short rest before getting changed for dinner.
Please join me next time for Eastbourne Part 3, when I will show you Eastbourne itself.