Article originally researched and compiled by Paula Chatfield of Parklands RA for her excellent Easter Trail series and published here by permission.

Westfield House is one of our older local buildings, built in the 1700s and extended in the early 1800s. The first Ordnance Survey map (1813) shows it clearly – extract below. Its postal address is now 80 Westgate.

When it was first Listed as a building of special architectural significance, it was recorded as Westfield, Fishbourne Road (when it was built, it was in the parish of New Fishbourne and not in Chichester at all!). This was the main Chichester to Portsmouth road.

WRA 32 - Westfield House3

The 1813 map shows other points we can recognise today – the squiggly line to the north of Westfield House is Hook Dyke (now partly in Neville Road), Apuldram Lane and Clay Lane are pretty much the same shape (and in “Fishbourn”) although the railway hasn’t yet been built. Notice that Westgate has been straightened as the semi-circular kink shown on this map is no longer there, although spookily that is where the north-western curve of the roundabout at the junction of Sherborne Road would one day appear.

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Colin Hicks

Site Admin - Westgate Residents' Association Chichester

1 Comment

Dave Williams · 9th August 2018 at 6:35 pm

Westfield House in England was my Great Great Grandfather Benjamin Byron Williams’s House.
He lived in the Westfield House of Chicester, West Sussex in the 1890s.

Sincerely yours,
Dave Williams

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