Chasing a Petty Criminal Through Records

Here in the searchroom, an intriguing newspaper article from the West Sussex Gazette (28 March 1861) has sparked off a research journey into the tumultuous life of John Young from Chichester. The article describes how John, who was helping to clear up debris from the collapsed Cathedral spire, got into a fight and assaulted a…

The Little Churches of Chichester

In the first Tuesday Talk of 2019, Alan Green will be talking about the fascinating histories of what became known as The Little Churches of Chichester. Chichester was once the most pious of cities. In Pre-Reformation times there were nine parish churches, three chapels, a cathedral and two friaries all within its walls. Of these…

Apple Howling, or how to serenade an orchard

Traditionally, the festive period extended several days beyond the New Year, yet for many that practice has declined and most of us have taken down the Christmas tree and weaned ourselves off the leftovers by then. I’ve recently learnt of an ancient custom that took place in the depths of West Sussex between Twelfth Night…