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Chichester- the 5th burh to be cited in the Burghal Hidage

Kingdom Type of Burh No. of Hides O.S. Grid Ref
Wessex Burghal Town 1500 SU86100481


O.S. Map 1:50,000 – licence: Anquet Maps
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Aerial Photograph – licence: Memory Map

Burhs in order of citation

It is likely that Chichester re-used the Roman Wall as the burghal defences, as was the case with Bath and Winchester, but both Chichester and Exeter have an expected circumference, according to their hidage, that is smaller than the circumference of the walls see here… This is presumably because only part of the Roman defences were used.

Chichester in 1610 by John Speed
Image: Wikimedia

The Roman Town Walls – image David Beard

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