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Chichester Poet and Past Cathedral Sexton Has Been Honoured With A Blue Plaque (posted 27 March 2014)

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Chichester Poet and Past Cathedral Sexton has been honoured with a blue plaque...

Chichester Mayor, John Hughes, unveils blue plaque
Chichester Mayor, John Hughes, unveils blue plaque

The recently unearthed famous poet Charles Crocker (1797 - 1861) has been given a new blue plaque at Kim's Bookshop in South Street.  His work was discovered by the Chichester historian Alan Green.

Although his passion was poetry in 1845 he joined the staff of Chichester Cathedral as a Sexton (an officer of the church charged with the maintenance of its buildings) and wrote a guide book called 'A Visit to Chichester Cathedral.'  A portrait of the poet can be found in the display case in the South Transept of the Cathedral.

His fame began when some of his verses were published in the Brighton Herald.  He then published his first volume of poems and a further two were printed in his lifetime.  The final edition of Mr Crocker's poems was published in 1860, with 42 poems and 58 sonnets.  After he died at his home in South Street, now fittingly Kim's Bookshop he was survived by his wife Mary and three of their children.  He was buried at St Paul's churchyard at Northgate.

Since then memories of Mr Crocker and his poetry have faded with time, but Mr Green hopes to bring about a revival.  The blue plaque was awarded at this year's Chichester City Council's Civic Awards and was presented by councillor Richard Plowman.

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