For those of you interested in learning about individual properties on Westgate, last April we began to post details of the buildings at the conservation end of the Westgate which can be found from various sources. In these articles you can find a list of the properties protected by Historic England listing, details of the renumbering of the street as some records still record the old number, and research on the shape of the street by a resident.

To further flesh out this catalogue, we are now turning our attention to any details about individual properties that may be available. The following extract is from The Building of Georgian Chichester by local historian Alan Green (Phillimore 2007) and is here reproduced with his permission. This should be read in conjunction with the above articles to get a complete view of this property.

In sharp contrast to no. 44 are two smaller properties in this terrace, now numbered 22 and 24. The houses are intertwined, suggesting that at some time they may have been one property. The smaller of the two is No. 24 which is timber-framed and under the same roof as No. 26 to the west. To the east, No. 22 which has a narrower frontage, wraps itself around the back of No. 24 and the extends into its long garden as a single storey building that appears to have been a stable. Again, neither house has a basement. No. 22 is also the most ‘Georgianised’ of the two, having wainscot panelling in the hall and six panel doors to the ground floor. Both houses are now in the same ownership and have been sensitively united (or reunited), not by the usual knocking down of walls but by the making of discrete openings in the timber-framed party walls so that the separate character of the individual buildings has not been lost.

Colin Hicks

Site Admin - Westgate Residents' Association Chichester

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