Following through an old railway bridge on centurian way, next to some Tank traps from the 2nd world war, lies a once loved and now sad little lodge house

Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:56

Beating the boundary

Many years a go there used to be 3 big traditions in the Uk, we had the Winter Beltane solstice on December 21st - the shortest day,. There was December the 25th aka Christ Mass, and then there was January 1st where beating the bounds took place.

Other names for this were walking the bounds, perambulation (where the word prams springs from ?) but my favourite is Beating of the bounds, traditionally done with willow sticks to drive the spirits out, while showing locals where boundaries were - especially young boys who were bumped at the main locations .  Clearly a pagan tradition that then got "integrated" into christianity where the parish boundaries would be walked.

Locally a group that aims to protect a disused railway from Chichester to Midhurst (Centurian Way) that has been converted into a very popular walking, biking and perambulating route, wish to recreate this tradition to establish rights alonga stretch marked for diversion so that a new housing estate can be built.

This action by the Friends of Centurian way, caused me to consider if this was a bounday on not and if any boundary stones exist.
The area is marked as "West of Chichester" so should be considered outside, with the railway running up the division. It could never have run along an established footpath as that would breach many anicent and modern laws.

Chichester has many boundary stones, the ones marked SO stand for St Olaves around 1765 and a few examples can be found in Whyke Alley by the market behind the Eastgate pub and along the Baffins incorporated  into the pillar of a door way .

Others from the 1181 survey, marked strangely 1882 on the stones. There are a few stones surviving as can be seen oin the images below.  The one on westgate by Bishop Luffa school is the boundary on the old footpath that ran up the current course of Sherbourne way





Recently i watched one of the largest on line printers drop so many clangers that bordered on rudeness and gender abuse that i was shocked.

For the transcripts, i have changed the names of the agents, and the printers name.

To set the scene, the printer has a webchat form that can only be accessed while logged into your account, and you have to enter the basic first/last name, whats your issue into the boxes. I know for a fact these boxes were filled out with "do not use" in the first name and the question was "copy my postcard design to same sized flyer design"

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:42

Why i hate Chichester signs

Why i hate Chichester signs is because no one takes care of them.

Take some modern examples. This bus stop map. Dreadful condition and right outside the cathedral. What makes it worse is that it lists services that stopped running 5 years ago,



If you want to get information, don't follow this sign that's hasn't shown the correct location for 5 years since the Novium opened.

Sunday, 16 July 2017 06:00

why i hate Chichester cycle routes

Chichester is one of the smallest cities, with one of the highest tourist rates, and apparently a non existent budget for road maintenance.

it has a glorious cycle route called the Centurian way that skirts the city from the Fishbourne edge all the way to west dean. however some of the access to it is by 1990s design [naff] award winning entrances.

its main downfall is it city center velo route.

Friday, 09 June 2017 19:51

chichester hates bikes?

chichester supposedly supports cycling, but like the trike demonstrates above doesnt quite get it. 

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