SU8504 : Chichester City Walls - Southwestern section

taken 4 years ago, near to Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain

Chichester City Walls - Southwestern section
Chichester City Walls - Southwestern section
This straight section of the Roman (with later repairs) city walls of Chichester runs parallel with the River Lavant to the south of the Bishop's Palace, forming the southern wall of its garden - and access to the other side of the wall is possible by entering those gardens (see SU8504 : Roman bastion from Bishop's Palace garden).
In the distance can be seen one of the best preserved bastions which were added to the C2nd walls in the C4th. See SU8604 : Chichester City Walls - Roman bastion for more information on these bastions, and see shared description below for more information on the walls:
Chichester City Walls

The small city of Chichester retains a good proportion of its original defensive walls. Although not complete, sufficient of it survives, perhaps 60% to 70%, to allow a complete circuit of the city centre following what remains. Several sections are notably well preserved most particularly the northwestern and southwestern quadrants.
The wall dates originally from Roman times when it encircled the town of Noviomagus Reginorum, but was strengthened many times over the centuries particularly at the time of the 100 Years War (1337 to 1453) when attack from France was considered a real danger. Over the centuries breaches were made in the walls to allow roads to pass through and other sections were removed or modified to allow for the expansion of the city, but much of its circuit remains and was either incorporated into the fabric of the town, or remained as a delineation of the centre of this historic city.
There is a wall walk of about 1 miles which follows the walls, sometimes on walkways near the top of the wall, sometimes alongside the walls, and at times some way from the remains; while the sections where the wall has disappeared require a bit of dead-reckoning on the part of the walker to link back up with the route, as in these places the signage leaves something to be desired.
Most of the route is on well made paths, though a section on the southwestern side is through a grassed area - though a better path is available further from the walls on the other side of the River Lavant.
The walls which were originally constructed in the C2nd AD and had their bastions added in the C4th, are a Scheduled Ancient Monument LinkExternal link and are listed by English Heritage as of Grade I status LinkExternal link

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Sunday, 17 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 January, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8576 0467 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.1131N 0:47.0108W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8582 0464
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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