Map of Pendean and Horselands farms

Chichester in the Century of Civil War (1600–1700)

The Course

Political and religious upheavals made the 17th century one of the most dramatic periods in Britain’s history. The impact at the local level was severe: in Chichester’s case this led to a damaging siege in 1642 and then the long agony of the Civil War, followed by plots and rumours of plots almost to the end of the century. This day course will consist of a morning of talks, based on new research, followed by a guided walk round the city in the afternoon, looking at sites and buildings connected with the 1642 siege, the post-Civil War revival and ending at the Cathedral – a place plundered by the soldiers of the Parliamentary army.

The Tutor

Ian Friel has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Lancaster, an MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester and a PhD in medieval maritime and technological history from the University of Keele. Ian has worked for 30 years in the museum world. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) of London in 2000. He became a freelance writer, historian and museum consultant in 2007. His work since then has included both museum and media consultancy work. He has a special interest in the history of Chichester and its buildings, and has undertaken firsthand research into some of the written sources for the medieval and Tudor city. He also give talks and leads guided walks, as well as writing both fiction and history.

Participant Information

Following the morning talks, there will be time for a lunch break and then you will need to able to travel to Chichester in time for the afternoon walk. There is parking available in the city and you will need to pay for this on the day. You may wish to bring a water bottle and it is advisable to wear weather appropriate footwear and clothing. The afternoon walk will finish with refreshments at a Chichester venue, included in the course fee.

Participants will find it useful to bring a pen or pencil and notepad. You may also wish to bring a camera or phone with a camera.

Fee & Refreshments

£65 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


Sat 26 September 2020






Research & Buildings