West Sussex Unwrapped

A colour image of the clock face and top of the Chichester Cross, West Street Chichester
Clock face and top of the Chichester Cross, Chichester (1983)

Welcome to West Sussex  Unwrapped – the ten-part series that takes you deep into the collections of Screen Archive South East and the West Sussex Record Office

The last film in our series takes us back to Chichester in 1983 – where a would-be Alec Clifton-Taylor gives us his personal impression of the ancient city. Radiating from the 16th century Cross, our tour guide takes us to various buildings including the Wren House, now known as Ede’s House, and the adjacent Dolphin & Anchor Hotel on West Street before moving to North Street where we see the grandeur of Market House and get a glimpse of tiny St Olave’s Chapel – now a bookshop.


At the end of East Street our guide introduces us the open-market where determined shoppers rummage through the stalls in search of bargains. Watch out for a line-up of forlorn-looking fridges anxiously waiting to find a good home. A lot more of ancient Chichester is revealed in the original full-length film which you can watch HERE

 And to round off this short series, our partner, the West Sussex Record Office, has prepared a treasure trove of Chichester items for your enjoyment. They include Henry II’s city charter from 1155, the 17th century ‘Brown Book’ containing a map of the city and the nearby coastline, a Great War recruiting poster for the Royal Sussex Regiment and an assortment of blogs like the Pie Powder, Chichester Cathedral Spire, Women of Bishop Otter College and Bernstein in Chichester. To access these and other fascinating documents click HERE