Iconic city cathedral has stood the test of time

Chichester's historical cathedral still dominates the city's skyline after more than 900 years. Picture: Costen.co.uk

Chichester's historical cathedral still dominates the city's skyline after more than 900 years. Picture: Costen.co.uk

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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Chichester has altered little over the years, retaining much of its charm and character and strong links with an historic past.

This view of West Street shows the spire of Chichester’s cathedral towering above the rooftops of the city. The cathedral’s 277ft- high spire can be seen from miles around Chichester as much of the surrounding area is quite low-lying.

Chichester cathedral was founded in 1075 to replace the cathedral founded in 681 by St Wilfrid at Selsey. Building at Chichester began in 1076 and construction was completed in time for its dedication to the Holy Trinity 30 years later in 1108.

The 11th century cathedral has two architectural features that make it unique among medieval cathedrals in England – double aisles and a free-standing campanile (bell tower).

Subsidence has plagued the cathedral’s towers. In 1210 the south-west tower of the façade collapsed, the north-west tower crumbled in 1635 and the main spire fell in on itself in 1861.

Despite all this the cathedral has been restored and remains an iconic landmark at the heart of Chichester’s community.

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