New book unveils Secret Chichester

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Chichester, like London, is one of those amazing cities which offers up something new to see every time you visit.

You get the feeling that, even if you lived to be 100 years old, you would never uncover all its secrets.

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Historian Dr Philip MacDougall, has published a new book which could prove invaluable to anyone keen to investigate the hidden gems scattered around the city.

Called Secret Chichester, it was published on February 15 by Amberley Publishing and offers to take the reader on “a journey through the City of Chichester revealing much of its lesser-known history”. With chapters bearing intriguing titles such as The Swell Mob, Deja vu, and Beer, Bribery and Bartering, the book holds a fascinating air even before the first page is turned.

Describing the book, Amberely Publishing wrote: “Here you will find the story behind the city’s 19th century banking crisis, the activities of a London mob of criminals who targeted the Goodwood races, a fascinating collection of letters written during the First World War and even how local politicians once bribed potential voters with lashings of beer.

“Blending the serious and the not so serious and drawing heavily on primary sources, including newspapers and original documents, Secret Chichester gives a fascinating look at this city’s past with images from long ago and today.”

Pictured is the Council House, in North Street. Dr MacDougall wrote: “For many years the town council resisted the introduction of main drainage into the city, with this policy overthrown in November 1892 when a majority of councillors favouring drainage came to be elected.”

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