The British pilgrim Trust are planning to re-establish the old pilgrim route from Southampton to Canterbury in 2020, to coincide with the 850th anniversary of the murder of St Thomas a Becket in 1170. Old 14th century maps show the route ran from Havant to Chichester to Arundel, passing through Apuldram. We will recruit a part-time person to manage the new venue, with the community meeting room, toilet, and kitchen, the new venue will provide the ideal overnight accommodation for the estimated 500 to 800 pilgrims travelling the route each year. Apuldram is situated in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Beauty and close to Chichester Cathedral which was one of the key places for pilgrims to visit along the route
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Why it's a great idea:
With increased leisure time people are seeking new ways to enjoy themselves and walking is a healthy and interesting way of doing it for individuals and families. The murder of St Thomas a Becket in 1170 was a major event in British history, and re-establishing the old pilgrim route will remind people of our heritage. The project will bring visitors to this beautiful area of West Sussex, with the associated economic benefits for local businesses, and of course Chichester. The pilgrims will enjoy the quietness. natural beauty and sense of journeying through ancient undisturbed Britain. It will also provide additional revenue for this Grade 1 listed building enabling St Mary's to remain an open church and continue to play a key role in meeting the needs of the community for many years to come.
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