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Reconstructing History at Chichester Free School

2nd November 2017

In a project that will see the partial reconstruction of a former Carmelite Convent dating back to the 1870s, the Farrans team recently reconstructed another element of history on the Chichester site, after photographs of the 19th century site team were uncovered.

The images of the original team, which were taken close to project completion in 1872, depict the large team behind the construction of the well-known convent.

Charles Buckler, an esteemed British architect, was appointed to the project, with the building contract signed with Cheesman & Co. on 19th March 1870.

Farrans’ current site team members were intrigued to learn more about the story behind the photo, learning that the convent has something of an interesting history,

Used for the last time in 1994, it was partially destroyed in a fire - a suspected arson attack - in 2009.

Fortunately, the Farrans team have been working diligently over recent months to construct the Free School and retain much of the original convent in the process. In a bid to recognise this and pay tribute to the original building team, the site team recently arranged to recreate the photo from 1872.

The £26.5m Chichester Free School continues to make good progress, after finally receiving the green light to begin works earlier this year.

The high-profile project will see the creation of a state-of-the-art school, bringing improved educational facilities to nearly 1300 pupils - at both primary and secondary school level.

For more information on this project, including the recent drone video footage to show progress to date, check out: