At the same time as the local grocer lived in this house, number 3 Lion Street (next door) was lived in by a local dressmaker and her daughter – Rhoda and Clara Payne. Number 3 became the Sussex Bakery and remained in use as a bakery until the 1970’s. Number 5 Lion Street was once a girl’s school and this is reflected in the local census documents from 1851 onwards.
A little bit of information on Lion Street
Lion Street with just 6 houses is full of local history. Originally the house on the corner of St Martins Square next door to 6 Lion Street, (at the other end of Lion Street) was the Customs House for Chichester. Lion Street was then called Customs House Lane. When the Customs House was moved it became Council House Lane as the City Council sat in the Assembly Rooms, (the red brick building directly opposite the house.) Eventually it was renamed Lion Street after the statue of a Lion on top of the Assembly rooms, as in the picture. There is a good view of ‘our lion’ from the top floor bedroom.
Thing To Do & Local Attractions
The Old Grocery is the perfect base from which to enjoy all the events at Goodwood. Glorious Goodwood, The Festival of Speed and The Goodwood Revival are wonderful events, not to be missed! Goodwood also offers horse racing, golf and a range of motor and aviation experiences.
See Goodwood website here
Just a few minutes walk from The Old Grocery. You can wonder around the paths of Chichester’s hidden treasure Bishops Palace Gardens and enjoy the modern art within the cathedral.
New Park Cinema
The Old Grocery is a proud sponsor of this locally loved independent cinema showing the very best films from around the world including new releases, classics and foreign language films. The New Park Cinema hosts an International Film Festival each August including open air screenings in nearby Priory Park
Chichester Festival Theatre
This is a must do visit for all theatre lovers and it is found just a short walk from the Old Grocery, up North Street, under the underpass, through the car park where your car will be. Many of the Festival Theatres productions then travel to the West End and Broadway, you can see them first in Chichester whilst staying in The Old Grocery
A picturesque place to relax and have a picnic! The natural and unspoilt sandy beaches have been favorite family destination for generations. Just a few miles south of the Old Grocery, perfect all year.
A local public park with a rich heritage, bordered by the medieval Chichester City Walls built upon original Roman foundations.
Southdowns National Park
The South Downs National Park is a paradise for walkers and cyclists and just a few miles north of the Old Grocery. Head here for breath-taking views of rolling countryside and the glistening Solent beyond. We can arrange some tasty treats to take with you.
Pallant House Gallery
Art enthusiasts can visit the internationally acclaimed Pallant House Gallery which is just a short stroll from the Old Grocery. Head to West Dean for art courses and stunning gardens.
If sailing is your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice with miles of stunning coastline to explore. Chichester Marina lies just a short drive from the Old Grocery, as are the picturesque fishing villages of Itchenor, Emsworth and Bosham which all have excellent sailing opportunities.info here
Located in the heart of Chichester, a short walk from the Old Grocery the Oxmarket Gallery offers exhibitions free to the public to encourage everyone to engage with art.