#EnglishTourismWeek19: Bill Martin of the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group
Our series of blogs for #EnglishTourismWeek19 celebrates all that’s great about the Chichester region. In this entry
Bill Martin from the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group explains how we can while away a few hours exploring the highlights of the Selsey, including its Blue Plaques:
There are many sights to see in and around Selsey, and on the Manhood Peninsula as a whole.
Be sure to see the Railway Carriage homes as you explore the town of Selsey itself – originating from various Railway lines, these carriages arrived in the 1930s and helped to meet the ever-growing demand for accommodation during the summer. See how many you can spot – look forcarriage windows, bricked up bases or steps up to the front door, showing that the carriages had been propped up to have their wheels removed.
You can also see remains of some of the stations used on along the 9 mile track which connected Selsey to Chichester at Chalder and Hunston.
Along the sea wall, you will find blue plaques commemorating the The Mulberry Harbour project – these large boxes made of steel and concrete were eventually floated across the channel as an artificial harbour in the D-Day landings. You’ll also discover a blue plaque dedicated to Eric Coates, once hailed the uncrowned King of Light Music who lived in Selsey with his family. He is remembered for composing the The Dam Busters March and the theme tune to Desert Island Discs.
The Listening Post is a must-see - a Grade 2 Listed property which incorporates a 1stWorld War Acoustic Sound Mirror, constructed to give warning in the detection of Zeppelin Aircraft.
Near to the entrance to the ever-popular Bunn Leisure, you’ll find Medmerry Mill -this is the last of a series of Mills built near this site. In its early days this was used in salt production, then later for cracking beans and rolling oats. A short walk from here, a plinth with a Blue Plaque marks the Gibbet Field, believed to be the hanging site of two local men who were members of the infamous Hawkhurst Gang in the 18thCentury.
Three heritage walks are detailed in the following leaflet: http://mwhg.org.uk/publications-2/nature-and-heritage-walks/
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