We love Chichester, and enjoy finding out all we can about our great city. Here are five fabulous facts about Chichester that you may not know!
When the Domesday Book was first compiled in 1086, Cicestre (Chichester) consisted of just 300 dwellings and a population of 1,500 people. In 2016 the Office for National Statistics estimated that the growing Chichester District population now stands at around 118,175 people!
At the last Census in 2011, it was estimated that 52.2% of Chichester’s residents were female with only 47.8% being male. Although the national average shows slightly more females in general, the balance in Chichester is certainly tipped towards females.
Residents in the Chichester district have a higher than average life expectancy. For a man living in Chichester, the life expectancy is 81.1, (national average is 79.6), and for a woman living in Chichester it’s 84.2, (national average is 83.2). So that’s a whole extra year to enjoy all the wonderful events that our fabulous city has to offer – that is something to celebrate!
In Roman Times, Chichester was the regional capital and known as Noviomagus Reginorum meaning ‘new fields’.
During Saxon times, Chichester was conquered by King Aelle who renamed the regional capital Cissa-ceaster, Cissa after his son and ceaster after the Saxon word for a group of Roman buildings. By Norman times, the name had evolved to Cicestre, and shortly after to that which we know and love today - Chichester! Read more about the history of our beautiful city.
Forget about booking your next holiday to the Med. According to data compiled from the Met Office, Chichester enjoys a glorious 1920.8 hours, on average, of sunshine every year! Making it the sunniest city in England, with Plymouth coming in second with an average of 1730.1 hours. With all that sunshine to make use of why not visit somewhere new or try something different? With so many great attractions nearby to choose from, we're really spoilt for choice, sunshine or rain!