Chichester Entrenchments


NGRef: SU826083 to SU921084
OSMap: LR197
Sitetype: IAo

Iron-Age Occupation

An Iron Age settlement here, probably founded by the Atrebates, preceeded the nearby Roman market town and later tribal capital, Noviomagus Regentium. At that time, the land between Chichester and Selsey formd a peninsula bounded by the river Lavant and other water courses, and thus, the complex series of earthworks effectively cut off an area of many square miles. The northernmost outer earthwork is called the Devil's Ditch and can be traced for almost 10km eastward to Boxgrove Common; it has an external v-shaped ditch, and the E end is particularly well-preserved, but recent excavation has shown some of the work here to be medieval in date.