Book reveals cosmetic changes to Chichester’s ancient streets

East Street, Chichester, on a summer's morning in 1932. Among shops on the left are Maypole Dairy, Kimbell & Son and the chemist's Timothy White. On the opposite side of the street are the Westminster Bank (now NatWest) and Jay's, an ironmonger (nearest the camera).
East Street, Chichester, on a summer's morning in 1932. Among shops on the left are Maypole Dairy, Kimbell & Son and the chemist's Timothy White. On the opposite side of the street are the Westminster Bank (now NatWest) and Jay's, an ironmonger (nearest the camera).
A look down traffic-free Bedhampton Hill, Bedhampton, in the 1920s.  Picture: Ralph Cousins collection

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Chichester is a city with an unbroken history that stretches back to Roman times or earlier.

Its main city streets follow the original pattern laid out almost 2,000 years ago.

In the modern picture the NatWest Bank is clearly visible while the old ironmonger's has been replaced by a more recent building occupied by HMV.

In the modern picture the NatWest Bank is clearly visible while the old ironmonger's has been replaced by a more recent building occupied by HMV.

The buildings that line many of those streets, when not medieval in origin, most frequently date to Georgian or Victorian times.

The changing use of these structures and the activities of their occupiers is the theme that runs through a book by Chichester Society member Philip MacDougall.

n Chichester Through Time is published by Amberley at £14.99. It is available from the following offices of The News: The News Centre, Hilsea; Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport and West Street, Havant. Or call (023) 9262 2207 for postal inquiries. Postage rates will apply.