Like the Roman villa at Bignor, it is reckoned that much of the site of the Palaceís buildings lies underneath the A27 and the housing of Fishbourne. This means that there is little chance of ever fully excavating the whole of the Palace and its surrounding buildings.
Even so, Fishbourne has a special place in our understanding of the history of the Roman occupation of Sussex.
And life in Fishbourne goes on, while the famous palace sits tucked away down a small side road. You donít get many internationally renowned historical buildings surrounded by housing estates, but you do here in Fishbourne.
Fishbourne used to be a fairly busy port at the northern end of Chichester Harbour. But like its neighbour Dell Quay, as the harbour silted up and the railways and better roads arrived, the practicalities of using Fishbourne as a port became too much trouble.
Map of the Fishbourne area
- Kingley Vale
- West Dean
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath