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Situated in the county of West Sussex and home to 25,000 people - a quintessential English market town - Chichester is thought to have been where the first Roman invaders put down roots on the British mainland, creating a crossing point from the continent.

At this time the town was known as 'Noviomagus', although very little of the original Roman settlement remains now. Captured by the Saxon king Aella in the 5th century and re-christened 'Cissa', the town represented an important administrative centre for the region.

These days Chichester is probably best known for its historic architecture, most notably its cathedral, which boasts the unusual feature of both spire and bell-tower on the same building.

Also to be found are the remains of the original Roman mosaic-work on the floor which, along with the old town walls built by the Saxons, showcase the town's rich heritage.

Read more about Chichester in the About Chichester section.