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The Harbour Office
Long ago, West Itchenor was an important maritime port and today is home to many of the swinging moorings in Chichester harbour. With it's quaint main street (literally called The Street) merging with the waters of the harbour itself, be prepared to step back in time and watch the sailing world go by.
The Street, West Itchenor
For centuries, The Street has been the hustle and bustle main street of Itchenor winding down to the shoreline. It's lined with some beautiful period cottages so get your camera's ready. As one of the most important maritime docks in England in its time, the village is steeped in history and for sure, 'The Street' has witnessed hundreds of years of fascinating activity.
En route to West Itchenor's shoreline is the beautiful and ancient St Nicholas' Church. We'll
In 1175 Hugh Esturmy was given permission by the Bishop of Chichester, John of Greenford to build a chapel in Itchenor. Between 1180 and 1197 Bishop Seffrid II allowed the conversion into a small parish church with a graveyard. Today, St Nicholas' Church remains an important part of local Itchenor's fabric and regularly hosts Sunday worship, weddings, funerals and special events.
The Ferry Pontoon
A great way to embellish a walk or cycle ride to Itchenor is to catch the local Ferry across the water to Bosham where your walk can continue to the pretty village. You'll be continuing a tradition that's been going since the 1600's as the Ferry saves locals a 13km walk.
The friendly Ferry master boatman is Andy Larsen who's a very good friend of ours at Northlands Farm. You can call Andy on 07970 378 350
It's only a few pounds to catch the Ferry and Andy will allow you to board your bikes on board too.
Do check with Andy when the last Ferry returns if you're planning a return trip.
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