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Selsey is an English seaside town, about 7 miles (11 kilometres) south of Chichester, West Sussex. Notable residents of Selsey include Sir Patrick Moore (1968-present). Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For the larger local government district, see Chichester (district). ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... Sir Patrick Moore presenting The Sky at Night, October 2005 Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923), known as Patrick Moore, is an English amateur astronomer who has attained legendary status in British astronomy as a writer and television presenter of the subject and who...

Selsey lies at the southernmost point of the Manhood Peninsula, a small island almost cut off from mainland Sussex by the sea. It is bounded to the west by Bracklesham Bay, to the north by Broad Rife (rife being the local word for stream or creek), to the east by Pagham Harbour and terminates in the south at Selsey Bill. There are significant rock formations beneath the sea off both of its coasts, named the Owers rocks and Mixon rocks. A peninsula in Croatia A peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered on three or more sides by water. ... This article refers to the historic county in England. ... Bracklesham Bay is the name of a coastal bay on the Manhood Peninsula in West Sussex, England. ... Pagham Harbour is a natural harbour on Englands south coast. ... Selsey Bill is a headland into the English Channel on the south coast of England in the county of West Sussex. ...

There is one road in and out of the town - which briefly becomes a bridge at a point known as "the ferry", crossing the water inlet at Pagham Harbour (a part of Bognor). The term ferry is used because at the bridge point there was at one time a ferryman who took people across to the island. Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town in West Sussex, England, and has a permanent population of about 20,000. ...


Early history, prior to inundation

Today, nearby Chichester itself stands on the foundations of the Romano-British urban settlement of Noviomagus Reginorum, which translates to "New Market of the Kingdom". It has been hypothesised that this settlement name recalls it having developed with an (older) market/port settlement at Selsey, similar in status to the pre-Roman urban centre at Hengistbury Head near Christchurch. The existence of a viable Saxon port on the site supports the idea, but the submerged location makes investigation difficult. For the larger local government district, see Chichester (district). ... Noviomagus Reginorum was the Roman town which is today called Chichester, situated in the modern English county of West Sussex. ... Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch in the English county of Dorset. ... For other uses, see Christchurch (disambiguation). ...

It is believed that in the Iron Age, local networks of harbours and islands along the Solent coast (which the Romans later christened Magnus Portus in their geographies) were pivotal to the efficient economy seen at Hengistbury - the first urban site in Britain - and that Selsey might also have partaken in this. Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ...

Selsey was the capital of the South Saxons' kingdom, founded by Ella, who set up his headquarters on the peninsula. Wilfrid arrived circa 680 and converted the kingdom to Christianity, as recorded by the Venerable Bede. Selsey Abbey stood at Selsey, and was the cathedra for the Sussex diocese until this was moved to Chichester in 1075, around which time what is believed to have been a sizeable settlement was abandoned to the encroachment of the sea. South Saxons were the followers of King Ælle (see Aelle of Sussex) a warlord from Old Saxony in north-western Germany who were among the Anglo-Saxon Dark Age invaders of Britannia at the end of the 5th Century. ... For other uses, see Bede (disambiguation). ... Selsey Abbey was an abbey at Selsey, Sussex, England. ... The cathedra of the Pope in the apse of St. ... Arms of the Bishop of Chichester The Bishop of Chichester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester in the Province of Canterbury. ...


Coastal erosion at West Beach
Coastal erosion at West Beach

This erosion has continued ever since, and the area remains low-lying and vulnerable to flooding, frustrating homeowners in the area, many of whom bought houses without being aware of the area's history. Local groups now lobby for greater flood prevention, but many wonder at the wisdom of investing in such a known-vulnerable stretch of land. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...

The modern name Selsey is derived from "Seal Island", and until as recently as the 1930s the town's name was variable, also being spelt Selsea.

Its primary economic background until the mid 19th century was fishing trade, but this was equalled in significance by the development of tourism in the town, and during much of the 20th century, visiting holidaymakers (referred to as "grockles" by the locals) doubled the population.

The rise of international travel has led to a slowing of the tourist trade, but Selsey still has a significant leisure industry centred around the many caravan parks in the area.

Selsey has two significant achievements: the B2145 road into the town is the busiest B-road in the UK[citation needed], and the West Sands Caravan Park is the largest such park in Europe[citation needed].

A further 'achievement' Selsey can lay claim to is experiencing the highest occurrence of tornadoes on the mainland UK[citation needed].

The town was the seat of a diocese until 1075 - see Bishops of Selsey - and more recently saw the foundation of the International Bognor Birdman event. Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ... Events Revolt of the Earls. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Bishop of Chichester. ... The Bognor Birdman started in 1971 as the International Bird-Man Rally in nearby Selsey, West Sussex. ...

Selsey Cricket Club

Selsey Cricket Club was founded in 1834 and is one of England's oldest cricket clubs, although references to cricket in Selsey were made prior to then. In 1647, a fatality was recorded at Selsey, when a fielder called Henry Brand was hit on the head by a batsman trying to hit the ball a second time. 1647 (MDCXLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ...

The most famous member is the B.B.C. astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, C.B.E. Sir Patrick was a former Club Secretary, and an active playing member, and is now an Honorary Life Vice President. Sir Patrick Moore presenting The Sky at Night, October 2005 Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923), known as Patrick Moore, is an English amateur astronomer who has attained legendary status in British astronomy as a writer and television presenter of the subject and who...

A former President of Selsey Cricket Club was Hubert Doggart, O.B.E., MA. He was the son of the sportsman Graham Doggart who rose to chair the Football Association. George Hubert Graham Doggart, O.B.E., M.A. (born 18 July 1925 in Earls Court, London) was an English administrator, cricketer and schoolmaster. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ...

Doggart fils represented England in two Test matches in 1950. He was President of the MCC (1981-1982), the Cricket Council (1981-1982) and the Cricket Society (1983-1998), and he chaired the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club (1993-2003). In the 1970's he played occasionally for Selsey CC. // M.C.C. may refer to: Micro Compact Car, a joint venture launched in 1995 between Mercedes Benz and Swatch. ...

Selsey Cricket Club has at present two Saturday and two Sunday sides, plus an active Junior section. Selsey plays in the Sussex Invitation League.

On the 6th of February, 1974, Selsey Cricket Club were amongst the guests on Patrick Moore's instalment of This is your life. At that time, Eamonn Andrews was the presenter of the programme, produced by Thames Television for ITV. This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ... Eamonn Andrews Eamonn Andrews (19 December 1922 – 5 November 1987) was a Irish born television presenter in the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

The website of the Club is * Selsey Cricket Club.

See also

Coordinates: 50.73041° N 0.79700° W The West Sussex Railway opened in 1897 as the Hundred of Manhood and Selsey Tramway, so named to save having to build the railway to regulations that normally covered railways. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



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