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In 2014 the Town Council moved from its former offices in Capron House on North Street to the Old Library building on Knockhundred Row. The building is leased from the West Sussex County Council, with a view to its eventual purchase by the Town Council.[7]

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Midhurst was linked by three lines, one from Pulborough in 1866, one from Petersfield in 1864 and one from Chichester in 1881. The line from Chichester to Midhurst closed in 1935 to passengers and in 1951 to goods traffic.

There is an area of light industry in the south of Midhurst, between the Holmbush Estate and Little Midhurst.

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Midhurst has a rich tradition of education dating back to 1672.  In 2013, after just four years of being open, Midhurst Rother College was judged outstanding in all Ofsted categories.  We are therefore proud to be a vibrant, happy and successful school which delivers the highest standards of education.

The former Parliamentary Constituency of Midhurst is now an electoral ward of the Parliamentary Constituency of Chichester, and has been represented in the House of Commons since 1997 by Andrew Tyrie, Conservative. Between 2010 and 2015 he was Chair of the Treasury Select Committee.[5]

There were two stations, the London Brighton and South Coast Railway's (Chichester to Pulborough) and the London and South Western Railway's. All passenger services were concentrated on the LB&SCR station in 1925 by the Southern Railway. The last passenger trains ran in 1955.The line remained open, from Pulborough only, for goods traffic until 1964.

There is a state primary school in Midhurst, the Church of England Primary School, in Ashfield Road. Other state primary schools in the catchment area include those of Easebourne and Stedham. In Easebourne there is also a private primary school, Conifers.

H.G Wells, the essayist and novelist, who was a pupil and then a pupil teacher at Midhurst Grammar School in 1882 and 1883.[55][56] Midhurst features as "Wimblehurst" in several of Well's novels, such as Tono-Bungay.

The Midhurst Medieval Festival takes place annually in the Old Town, in early May, featuring re-enactments, falconry, spinning and weaving demonstrations, have-a-go archery, medieval music, stalls and medieval food.

Between 1913 and 1985, the Midhurst Brickworks, famous for producing "Midhurst White" bricks, was situated close to the former Midhurst Common railway station.[10]

The A272 runs through the town east and west. The A286 runs through the town north and south.

Anya Seton stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel researching her novel Green Darkness, set in Tudor England, and in which Cowdray House, St. Ann's Hill and the Spread Eagle feature prominently.[57]

Enjoy stunning riverside walks and elegant English parkland views, cycle through glorious countryside, take a turning off the main roads and discover beautiful Sussex villages or head to Petworth and Arundel to find antiques, culture, castles and stately homes. The maps you might need are all here too!

In 1831 there were only 41 eligible voters and Midhurst was considered a rotten borough. In the Great Reform Act of 1832 Midhurst was reduced to one Member of Parliament and the constituency was expanded to include most of the surrounding villages.

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Charles James Fox, who was Member of Parliament for Midhurst 1768–1774;[54]

Clubs and Societies: There are over fifty clubs and societies in Midhurst, covering all aspects of community life.[26] They include groups active in the arts and in crafting activities, in environmental and heritage activities, in social support and welfare activities and in sport and leisure.

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Midhurst (pronounced /ˈmɪd.hɜːrst/, or in the Sussex dialect: Medhas /ˈmɛd.həs/) is a market town and civil parish in West Sussex, England. It lies on the River Rother 20 miles inland from the English Channel, and 12 miles north of the county town of Chichester.

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There’s an amazing array of places to eat in and around Midhurst. No matter whether you’re after low-key and informal or something rather smarter, you’re sure to find somewhere that fits the bill.

Welcome to Midhurst Rother College an 11 to 18 academy where students are free to achieve, belong and contribute.

Discover events from around the area… everything from days out at the races and folk music festivals through to world-class polo championships, street parties and food festivals!

Several historical figures are associated with Midhurst. Henry VIII visited Midhurst in 1538 and 1545, his son Edward VI came in 1554 and his daughter Elizabeth I in 1591.[27]

Midhurst was first represented in the Parliament of 1301 and was consistently represented from 1382 onwards. From these early beginnings, and until the Great Reform Act of 1832, the town had two members of parliament. The electors were the owners of certain properties, which were marked by "burgage stones", one of these stones remains and can be seen with a descriptive plaque embedded in the wall of a building just north of the Old Library (Council Offices) on Knockhundred Row.

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In the mid-1630s Sir Anthony Browne employed the fashionable cook, Robert May to be the chef at Cowdray House. In 1565 he published one of the earliest British cook-book – The Accomplisht Cook.[38][39]

The Midhurst Sports Association (MSA) owns the Sports Pavilion on the Midhurst Sports Ground, next to Cowdray Ruins. It is also the umbrella group for the Midhurst Cricket, Rugby and Stoolball Clubs.[citation needed]

Social Media: The town has an internet presence with a Town Council website,[6] a "VisitMidhurst" website focused on the information needs of tourists,[16] a community Facebook page,[17] Twitter feed[18] and Pinterest page.[19] About ten community organisations are also active on social media, and many of them have websites.[20]

Midhurst Methodist Church is a flint masonry building with brick quoins standing to the north of the old grammar school buildings. A large Gothic style west window looks towards the ruins of Cowdray House.

Community health facilities are provided at the Midhurst Community Hospital in Dodsley Lane.[25]

The College is situated in the town of Midhurst, at the heart of West Sussex and also the headquarters of the South Downs National Park.  We have a rural catchment area of 400 square miles, drawing students from the countryside, hamlets, villages, and market towns.

Midhurst today is a thriving country market town – it’s a role the town has filled for many centuries. You’ll find evidence of that all around you in a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well as signs of the town’s historical social and political significance.

The little town developed outside the castle, mainly to service it and the immediate surrounding area, and to provide a market place for local agricultural surpluses. It was bounded by an escarpment dropping in the north to the Town Meadow, in the east to the River Rother and in the South to a tributary to the Rother. To the west it was bounded until the late 12th century by a 1.5-metre deep ditch, with a dyke and pallisade, approximately where Duck (or Dyke) Lane now lies.[33]

Midhurst may have played host to Kings, Queens and A-list celebrities but there’s accommodation in and around town to suit budgets large and small. Choose from old coaching inns, studio apartments and boutique hotels or country pubs, rural B&Bs and plentiful self-catering accommodation.

In 2011 Midhurst had a population of 4,914, of which 2,450 were economically active, comprising 1687 full and part-time employees, 561 self-employed, 118 unemployed and 84 full-time students. There were 1,027 economically inactive citizens, of which two-thirds (673, 65.5%) were retirees.[9]

The Midhurst Town Council organises a community street party every December, an annual "Midhurst in Bloom" competition, a carnival parade on August Bank Holiday, to coincide with the Grand Finale of the MADhurst Festival (see below), and a "Spring Clean-up" around the town. The council is responsible for the town playground and the town cemetery, and provides grants to various local clubs and organisations.[6]

In 2002, Country Life magazine rated Midhurst the second best town in England.[40]