Visit Selsey and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Selsey, Sussex, was an island in ancient times and is still almost completely surrounded by water: the English Channel on two sides, the inlet that was Pagham Harbour, now an inland lake, and the Brook, known as Broad Rife, on the other sides. There is little of pre-Norman Selsey, including the cathedral, to be seen, for the sea swallowed it long ago. However. Roman and Anglo-Saxon coins and other objects have been dug up in the area. The Romans called their settlement Regnum.
The Selsey peninsula has a good sunshine record and the climate is clear and bracing, making outdoor activities pleasant. There are many good yachting anchorages, and three beaches for swimmers: one of sand with long shallows, another steeper and of shingle, and the third the fishermen's beach complete with boats. On this beach is the famous Selsey Lifeboat Station.
The peninsula abounds in bird life and part of Pagham Harbour is a wild-life sanctuary. There is also a variety of plant life. Here is country for the naturalist and nature lover.
The Parish Church of St Peter was put on its present site just over 100 years ago, but is much older, for it was moved from Church Norton, on Pagham Harbour, where it was originally built in the 12th century. The pillars are Norman, as is the Purbeck marble font. The roof of the nave and the wooden lectern are both pre-Reformation. On the former site at Church Norton stands the Chapel, a 13th-century structure which was previously the chancel of the parish church.
The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and St Wilfred is modern, completed in 1962.
Nearby cities: Chichester
Nearby towns: Bognor Regis
Nearby villages: Bersted, Birdham, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Pagham, Sidlesham, South Mundham, West Itchenor, West Wittering
Have you decided to visit Selsey or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Selsey bed and breakfast (a Selsey B&B or Selsey b and b)
- a Selsey guesthouse
- a Selsey hotel (or motel)
- a Selsey self-catering establishment, or
- other Selsey accommodation