The MIDHURST Guide
incl. West Lavington, Bepton and surrounding area.
A virtual guide for residents and visitors.
Part of Gravelroots Rother Valley Guide
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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Town 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 -
Haslemere 7 miles -
Petersfield 9 miles -
Pulborough 10 miles -
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.
POST OFFICE TO MOVE
15 Nov 2016
Post Office plans to move to
Bepton Road garage.
FATAL COLLISION ON NORTH STREET
9 July 2014
Lady ran down by lorry..driver arrested..
Win Passmore dies
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.
FIRE STATIONS TO LOSE FIRE ENGINES
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
FIRE ENGINES TO GO
Midhurst & Petworth Engines will go
Read full article here
Midhurst parking shortage
27 September 2012
Town councillor appalled with overzealous
traffic wardens....Read full article here
15 April 1799
In 1798 the London post from Midhurst was held up and robbed on North Heath...2 local brothers were charged & hung..
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.
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
manager, Russell Hopwood, with Ollie Puttick and Katie Strange....
Read full article here
Descriptions of the town
Almshouses, North St.
Barrott, Jon, Jonathan
Breast Cancer appeal
Carnival, photos 5 May 2008
Carron Lane, Cemetery
Carron Lane, photo 1909
Cinema, North Street - 1960s
Cowdray Estate site
Cowdray Park Polo Club
Cowdray ruins photos
Cowdray yellow paintwork
Detour Scooter Club
Directory - 1851
Doctors Hicks & Robinson, Old Surgery
FC - Midhurst and Easebourne
Giant Redwood, North Street
Grange to go..
Half Moon 1915 - 20
Hicks, Doctor, Old Surgery
Knockhundred Row - photos
Last train from Chichester - crashed
locomotive named after town
Map, Town Centre
Members of Parliament, Midhurst, 1660-1885
Midhurst, New Zealand
Midhurst Whites - Dec. 1964
Midhurst Whites Labels 1959
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
Pink - Breast Cancer appeal
Queen Elizabeth Oak
Railway station & Railways past
Roll of Honour
Rother Raft Race
Ships named after town
St. Anns photos
St Mary Magdalene & St Denys
Sketches of the town & area 1920
West Lavington church to close - Aug 07
West Lavington School to close - Jan 08
Wharf, canal cut bridge - photos
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Inside Midhurst fire engine callsign 1912 going through town
16 January 2007
Cowdray ruins from
the top of the tower
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.
click here for film
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.
click here for film
Miscellaneous articles: -
reported accidents & incidents
AFTER MIDHURST FIGHT
Midhurst man dies in Rother accident
Witnesses needed after assault
North Street, March 2012
Jewellery & laptop theft
The Fairway, February 2012
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
Ships named after Midhurst
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Creative Classes & Workshop
HAS NOW MOVED TO NEW PREMISES
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