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Tesco Express
North Sreet, Midhurst - 01730 810366
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Mon-Fri: 06:00 - 22:00
Sat: 06:00 - 22:00
Sun: 06:00 - 22:00
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opened 21 Feb. 2008
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North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DH
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Market Square, Petworth GU28 0AH
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Sat: 07:00 - 22:00
Sun: 09:00 - 16:00
- London Congestion charge can be purchased here.
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The Tuck Shop
North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DJ
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Mon-Fri: 06:00 - 18:00
Sat: 06:00 - 18:00
Sun: 07:00 - 18:00
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Save Filling station
Bepton Road, Midhurst GU29 9NB
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Sat: 06:00 - 23:00
Sun: 06:00 - 22:30
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British Summer Time

Britain was the first nation to adopt daylight saving schemes in 1908.
The Summer Time Act 1972 originally defined the period of British Summer Time to start at 2 am (GMT) on the morning of the day after the third Saturday in March or, if that was Easter Day, the day after the second Saturday. It was to end at 2 am (GMT) on the day after the fourth Saturday in October.
The duration of British Summer Time (BST) can be varied by Order of Council and in recent years has been changed so as to bring the date of the start of Summer Time into line with that used in Europe. So Summer time is now in force from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.
Autumn BACK

moving forward the hands of a large public clock
under the Summertime Act 1916 - - - click for full image

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using the Parish of Heyshott as example
The Parish Councils have few major rights and/or obligations and are responsible to the higher authorities above them. They do however manage local amenities and have a watching brief on local issues and their opinion is noted by those higher authorities in matters concerning them such as local planning issues. For example the Parish of Heyshott and its council is responsible to the council of the District of Chichester and that of the County of West Sussex in which it is located.
The Parish is nearly the lowest level of local government formed at a time when there was little difference, to the local people, between the Church and the State. A parish like Heyshott usually formed around a village or other small community and used to be centred around the Parish Church. Today Church and State have separated but the same area is now represented as a local authority by, for example, the Heyshott Parish Council and the Church of England by the Parochial Church Council.
Heyshott parish council
complete list of local parish clerks

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The British government took its first national census in 1801. A census has been taken every ten years since that date, except in 1941. The first genealogically useful census was not taken until 1841, when names were recorded.
The 1901 Census for England was taken on the night of 31 March 1901. The following information was requested: Name of street, avenue road, etc.; house number or name; whether or not the house was inhabited; number of rooms occupied if less than five; name of each person that had spent the night in that household; relationship of person enumerated to the head of the family; each person's marital status; age at last birthday (sex is indicated by which column the age is recorded in); each person's occupation; whether they are employer or employee or neither; person's place of birth; whether deaf, dumb, blind, or lunatic.
Enumeration forms were distributed to all households a couple of days before census night and the complete forms were collected the next day. All responses were to reflect the individual's status as of 31 March 1901 for all individuals who had spent the night in the house. People who were traveling or living abroad were enumerated at the location where they spent the night on census night. All of the details from the individual forms were later sorted and copied into enumerators' books, which are the records we can view images of today. The original householders schedules from 1841 to 1901 were destroyed.

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March 2007
Cowdray and Easebourne
by Andrew Guyatt and Vic Mitchell
Authors trace history of Easebourne
A book dedicated to Cowdray and Easebourne has been published.
'Cowdray and Easebourne', by Andrew Guyatt and Vic Mitchell is the first book dedicated exclusively to Easebourne parish and takes every opportunity to stress that Cowdray lies within its boundaries and not that of Midhurst.
Dr Andrew Guyatt came to Easebourne in 1975 carrying out research at the Midhurst Medical Institute of King Edward VII Hospital and has published a number of scientific papers.
Easebourne index - - Midhurst index


West Sussex Fire Service - - Midhurst index

Martin Hardie
b1875 - d1952

Watercolour painter, printmaker, writer and museum curator, born in London. Studied art at the Royal College of Art and went on to become keeper of the departments of painting and engraving, illustrations and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He exhibited watercolours at the RA, RSW, RWS, RSMA and etchings at the RE. Many provincial galleries hold his work. Lived at Tonbridge, Kent.
see Martin Hardie signed watercolour 1946 ‘April Sunshine, Trotton Mill, Sussex’.
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"The Run of the Downs"
Rudyard Kipling
The Weald is good, the Downs are best -
I'll give you the run of 'em, East to West.
Beachy Head and Winddoor Hill,
They were once and they are still.
Firle, Mount Caburn and Mount Harry
Go back as far as sums'll carry.
Ditchling Beacon and Chanctonbury Ring,
They have looked on many a thing;
And what those two have missed between 'em
I reckon Truleigh Hill has seen 'em.
Highden, Bignor and Duncton Down
Knew Old England before the Crown.
Linch Down, Treyford and Sunwood
Knew Old England before the Flood.
And when you end on the Hampshire side -
Butser's old as Time and Tide.
The Downs are sheep, the Weald is corn,
You be glad you are Sussex born!
From Kiplings 'Rewards and Fairies'

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Chithurst - - Cocking - - Didling - - Duncton - - Easebourne - - East Lavington - - Fernhurst - - Fittleworth - - Graffham
Harting - - Heyshott - - Iping - - Lickfold - - Linch - - Lodsworth - - Lurgashall - - Midhurst - - Milland - - Northchapel - - Nyewood
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Chithurst - - Cocking - - Didling - - Duncton - - Easebourne - - East Lavington - - Fernhurst - - Fittleworth - - Graffham
Harting - - Heyshott - - Iping - - Lickfold - - Linch - - Lodsworth - - Lurgashall - - Midhurst - - Milland - - Northchapel - - Nyewood
Petworth - - Rogate - - Selham - - South Ambersham - - Stedham - - Sutton - - Tillington - - Trotton - - Upperton

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