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South Street, Midhurst

Midhurst is an old market town in the South Downs Park with a population of around 5,000 [2001 census]. An ancient and picturesque town on the River Rother which Country Life Magazine rated the second best place in England to live. Although steeped in history Midhurst is home to a thriving business community with many pubs & restaurants, shopping, services and 2 large hotels, within the Midhurst boundary, plus a multitude of services, businesses and attractions in the vicinity. English Heritage described Midhurst as a hidden jewel.
Surrounded by such diverse countryside as downland, woodland, wetland and heath, it is perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders all within this beautiful part of The South Downs National Park which also has its main administrative offices in the town. The near-by South Downs Way is one of Englands best Trails, with views covering over 40 miles.


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Midhurst parish councilTown council - website
The Old Library, Knockhundred Row
phone - 01730 816953
Chichester District Council
West Sussex County Council

Coordinates: 50.9861° N 0.7405° W
Latitude: 50:59:52N [50.9977]
Longitude: 0:43:59W [-0.7331]
OS grid reference SU8821
STD code is 01730 - postcode is GU29
Grid ref: SU885215
Nearest Railway Stations -
Liphook 6½ miles -     view station facilities
Haslemere 7 miles -     view station facilities
Petersfield 9 miles -     view station facilities
Pulborough 10 miles -  view station facilities
Midhurst Bus timetables & Taxis
Nearest Motorway Junction - A3[M] Jnct 2 20.1 km [12½ miles]
Nearest Airport - Gatwick approx.30 mls
48 miles from London - 12 miles from Chichester - see map
The town is twinned with
Baiersbronn in Germany & Eure-et-Loir, France.

see also Ontario, Canada & Taranaki, New Zealand

A crossroads for the east-west A272 running from East Sussex to Hampshire and the 'north-south' A286 bringing traffic from Guildford and London down to Chichester and the coast. Both these roads merge into one on North Street before splitting back into their respective routes.
There are over 100 listed buildings with many in the older areas around Red Lion street, West street and Duck Lane, which later expanded towards North street, built on 15th and 16th century wooden frames.
The Angel hotel on North Street was the main posting inn for mail coaches arriving in Midhurst. Here the seaward bound pilgrim fathers stopped, prior to their epic journey to America.
At the far end of North Street is the largest school, up until January 2009, The Midhurst Grammar School, founded in 1672, and although referred to as a Grammar School, it had, for many years, served as a modern comprehensive for the area.
HG Wells attended the school, both as a student and tutor living and working in the town which is the backdrop to many of his stories.
Amid much controversy the school has now become the Midhurst Rother College and welcomed students on Wednesday 7th January 2009 for the first day of term. The college has united the Grammar, Midhurst Intermediate and Herbert Shiner Schools.
Opposite the Grammar, along a causeway, is the Cowdray ruins. Built around 1520 and destroyed by fire in 1793. This area recently underwent large scale restoration.
It also hosts the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup - a major polo competition. This is held on the Cowdray estate, with Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family often seen playing.

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Midhurst area gigs and musicians
Polo at Midhurst
South Street, Midhurst

Midhurst students fire break success 2014
15 Nov 2016
Post Office plans to move to
Bepton Road garage.
Report here

9 July 2014
Lady ran down by lorry..driver arrested..
Reports here

Win Passmore dies

Win Passmore - click to enlarge
21 December 2016
Win Passmore, a former Midhurst town councillor, died in Worthing Hospital on 21 December 2016, aged 78. She had suffered from dementia for 3 years. She married James Joyce in 1959 and they lived in Malta. They had two daughters Lynne and Carole. They emigrated to Australia in 1967 but returned to England in 1972. The couple were divorced in 1975.
Full article here

Ex Councillor dies
15 December 2016
Former Midhurst town councillor Tony Beck died in St Richards Hospital, Chichester on Thursday, 15 December 2016 after a long illness.

7 May 2014
Proposals are to remove the second fire engines at Midhurst, Petworth and Storrington, leaving only one fire engine and a 4x4 vehicle at each station....Read full article here
Sept. 2014
Midhurst & Petworth Engines will go
Read full article here

Midhurst students fire break success 2014
Twelve dedicated young people from Midhurst Rother College are celebrating after successfully graduating from the FireBreak course at Midhurst Fire Station. - 17 Oct 2014

Midhurst parking shortage
27 September 2012
Judy Fowler with parking ticket click to enlarge
Town councillor appalled with overzealous
traffic wardens....Read full article here

execution of 2 brothers, dying speech
Execution leaflet
15 April 1799
In 1798 the London post from Midhurst was held up and robbed on North Heath...2 local brothers were charged & hung..

Firefighter hailed
life-saving hero

5 Sept. 2011
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Firefighter Nigel Gamblen has been hailed a hero after he saves womans life..Read full article here
Midhurst Fire Brigade


19 January 2011
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A 17-year-old Fernhurst youth and a 21-year-old
Midhurst man have been banned from driving
after car surfing in North Street Car Park.


Adrian Brown with Jo Clark

April 2010
Pioneering local service
transforms end of life care

left -
Adrian Brown with Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jo Clark


November 2009
Death of Lynda Harvey
A well known and respected local businesswoman, Lynda Harvey, has died, aged 62, after a long brave battle against a disabling illness.
Her working career, starting as a ballet dancer in Germany, and ending as the owner of the Posy Bowl on Knockhundred Row, involved over 30 years of business in the town. She opened the Posy Bowl flower shop in 1976 which she ran until her retirement 4 years ago.
Before moving into Midhurst Miss Harvey had shared a house near Elsted with her mother for many years.

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28 October 2009
Lucky escape for young woman in Bepton Road
as car overturns
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Midhurst Constable c.1890s


Costa Coffee opens
Oct. 2011
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manager, Russell Hopwood, with Ollie Puttick and Katie Strange....
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Various old descriptions
of the town

Photo Galleries
Vintage photos
Descriptions of the town
Town Map
Adrian Brown
Almshouses, North St.
Barrott, Jon, Jonathan
Boots, ChemistsBoots Pharmacy, North Street  2 photos
Breast Cancer appeal
Camera Club
Carnival, photos 5 May 2008
Carron Lane, Cemetery
Carron Lane, photo 1909
Cinema, North Street - 1960s
Cowdray Court
Cowdray Estate site
Cowdray Park Polo Club
Cowdray ruins photos
Cowdray yellow paintwork
Detour records
Detour Scooter Club
Directory - 1851
Doctors Hicks & Robinson, Old Surgery
Duck Lane
Easebourne index
Fagg, John
FC - Midhurst and Easebourne
Fire Brigade
Giant Redwood, North Street
Grange Centre
Grange to go..
Half Moon 1915 - 20 Half Moon c.1920s
Hicks, Doctor, Old Surgery
John Fagg
Jonathan Barrott
Kate Dudman
Knockhundred Row - photos
Knockhundred Row
Knockhundred Shuttles
Last train from Chichester - crashed
locomotive named after town
Lynda Harvey
Map, Town Centre
Marrows, Blair
Medical Centre
Methodist Church
Members of Parliament, Midhurst, 1660-1885
Michael Stacey
Midhurst, Canada
Midhurst Milers
Midhurst, New Zealand
Midhurst Players
Midhurst RFC
Midhurst Whites - Dec. 1964
Midhurst Whites Labels 1959
Motorcycle Club
Northmill, photos 1904 - 49
Northmill, photos 2007 - 08
North Street photos - 1990s - 2009
North Street photos - 1870 - 1980s
Noticeboard - Free to anyone
Old photos, local & Sussex
Old Surgery, North Street
Parish Church
Patricia Przepiorka
Photograph galleries
Pink - Breast Cancer appeal
Populations, dated
Post Office
Precious Williams
Queen Elizabeth Oak
Railway station & Railways past
Richard Cobden
Roll of Honour
Rother Raft Race
Rugby Club
Ships named after town
St. Anns photos
St Mary Magdalene & St Denys
Sketches of the town & area 1920
South Pond
Vintage photos
War memorial
Weather station
West Lavington church to close - Aug 07
West Lavington School to close - Jan 08
Wharf, canal cut bridge - photos
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Callsign 1912 travels through the town Inside Midhurst fire engine callsign 1912 going through town
16 January 2007
Cowdray ruins from the top of the tower Cowdray ruins from
the top of the tower

April 2008
The Midhurst Igloo 07 January 2010
Knockhundred Shuttles, Petersfield July 2010
British Pathe News 1953
This short old film from 1953 shows former Lord Cowdrays wedding in London.
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British Pathe News 1939
A short travelogue style film of Midhurst, listen out for the "River Rowter". Includes Benbow, Market Square, Church and Wool Lane.
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Miscellaneous articles: -
Midhurst man given 4 years for fraud 13 Jul.2017
Former councillor Nola Hendon dies 12 Jul.2017
Rescue from car in Benbow Pond 20 Oct.2015
Horror for Midhurst mum 30 Sep.2012
Market Sq. work starts 2013 29 Sep.2012
Councillor appalled by Wardens 27 Sep.2012
Burglars caught in Rugby Club 24 Sep.2012
Midhurst fibre optic hold up 24 Aug.2012
Route 70 bus to be 'tapered' out 30 Apr.2012
Councillors stupid comments 25 Feb.2012
Towns join forces for day care 22 Feb.2012
Man charged with arson 22 Feb.2012
Flat burned out, possibly arson 21 Feb.2012
Local man on murder charge 08 Dec.2011
Body found in River Rother 01 Nov.2011
Easebourne flats blaze 30 Oct.2011
Two hour rescue in College 29 Oct.2011
Men jailed for local thefts 05 Oct.2011
computer shop thieves foiled 27 Oct.2011
Fibre optic broadband on way 04 Oct.2011
Cupcake may come to Town 5 Sep 2011
six months of road disruptions 3 Sep 2011
Widow vows to uphold legacy 16 Aug 2011
Ambulance station threatened? 22 July 2011
College progress is satisfactory 20 June 2011
New £31m school takes shape 15 Feb 2011
Rescued from Easter Sunday fire 24 Apr.2011
Boots gets refurb 19 Feb 2011
Budgens fined £12,000 11 Feb 2011
Car Surfers get driving ban 05 Jan 2011
Cannabis factory found 17 Dec 2010
Parking problems hit Town 9 Dec 2010
Dreams Come True to go 20 Nov 2010
MP fights for Grange centre 19 Nov 2010
Fears for local police station 19 Nov 2010
Midhurst is South Downs HQ. 30 Sep 2010
Chamber of Commerce folds 16 Sep 2010
Hostility to car parking plans 26 Aug 2010
Housing plans in disarray 02 July 2010
Fatal crash A286 Henley bends 01 July 2010
No problems in reservoir levels 30 June 2010
Fire station safe 24 June 2010
Worst drought since 1975 31 May 2010
£350,000 vision for town 31 May 2010
Closed register office fears 20 May 2010
Fair deal for community 13 May 2010
Womans 2 year battle for home 05 May 2010
Motorcyclist seriously injured 28 Apr.2010
Local woman attacked 19 Mar.2010
Co-op shop plan to boost town 18 Mar.2010
West Lavington against sandpit Feb.2010
Grange Day care Centre closes Jan.2010
Parkland cars closes Nov.2009
Midhurst travel is to close Nov.2009
Theme of Madhurst Festival Nov.2009
21 yr old driver escapes injury 29 Oct. 2009
Police line Knockhundred Row 01 Oct. 2009
Police Station Bomb scare 14 July 2009
St Margarets School to close July 2009
Ex Midhurst Teacher gets life Feb.2009
Angel Hotel leading the way 12 Feb.2009
Easebourne Street, Fire 10 Dec 2008
Royal Oak closes down 03 Dec.2008
Rother Raft Race is sunk Nov.2008
£5m scam was run locally Nov.2008
85 homes plan on caravan park Nov.2008
Crown Pub closes Aug.2008
Chinese takeaway, new plan Aug.2008
Do we need an academy? Aug.2008
School gets 2 temporary classes Aug.2008
Car drives through Budgens wall Feb.2008
Midhurst thief on camera Mar.2007
Vets vow won't leave town Jun.2006
Pedestrian only Market Square Apr.2006
sketches of the town & area 1920

reported accidents & incidents

Midhurst man dies in Rother accident
Witnesses needed after assault
North Street, March 2012

Jewellery & laptop theft
The Fairway, February 2012

Midhurst populations
1831 - 1,478
1841 - 1,536
1851 - 1,481
1871 - 1,465
1881 - 1,615
1891 - 1,674
1901 - 1,650
1911 - 1,894

1921 - 1,890
1931 - 1,812
1951 - 1,895
1961 - 1,880
1971 - 2,166
1991 - 4,680
2001 - 4,889
1851 - 280 homes
2001 - 2,327 homes

Olympic Torch
Relay route

Olympic Torch Relay route

Monday, 16 July 2014
The Torch was carried through Midhurst
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& 'turn out' numbers

The Olympic torch passes through Midhurst - click for videos The Olympic torch passes through Midhurst - click for videos

Ships named after Midhurst




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Creative Classes & Workshop

After four successful years in previous premises in the town, the studio has now moved to a delightful new building. Situated in the beautiful grounds of grade II listed Lavant House School, the Old Dairy provides the perfect setting for some inspired creativity. West Lavant is on the A286 south of Midhurst & just north of Chichester in West Sussex. There is ample parking next to the studio, and the school is well-signposted from the main road. Alongside a range of creative classes and workshops for all ages the studio hosts regular exhibitions of tutors and students work, and there is a permanent opportunity to purchase original gifts and cards. - click here for details


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Ye Olde Teashoppe, North Street
Rother Valley Croquet Club
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Castaway Theatre Company - 
local theatre company
Russells coaches - click
Midhurst Timebank
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macmillan cancer fund
Capron House, North Street - click
North Mill
Bepton Road & West Street - click
South Street - click
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Midhurst Motorcycle Club




The Mudita trust
War Memorial, Church Hill - click
New Police Non Emergency number

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