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

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!

The Midhurst Deanery is a Deanery of the Church of England comprising 22 churches in the Rother Valley between Midhurst and Petersfield.

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 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]

Filmography: In 2010 Midhurst featured as a set for a BBC Television Series Foyles War.[13] In 2014 the Midhurst Together Group facilitated the community production of the "Midhurst Happy Video", based on the original song by Farrell Williams.[14][15]

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However "the chapel of St. Denis within the former castle of Midhurst"[31] appears to have escaped the destruction, as it was functioning in 1291, and is referred to in 1367 as standing "in a place called Courtgrene".[32] There is still a house called Court Green beside the current entrance to the castle enclosure. At some period after this date the chapel of St. Dennis was eventually demolished, and the re-built foundation can be seen within the castle curtain wall.

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]

Others associated with the town include:

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]

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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The secondary school in the town is Midhurst Rother College. It succeeds the former grammar school, founded in 1672. It is an Academy school formed following the closure of the grammar school and Midhurst Intermediate School in January 2009. In 2012/13 it was designated as "outstanding" by Ofsted.[49] Girls were first admitted to the school in 1956.

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.

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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.

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]

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

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

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

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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.

The town is served by four regular bus routes. Stagecoach operate numbers 60 to Chichester, 70 to Guildford via Haslemere and 1 to Worthing via Petworth; Emsworth operate 92 to Peterfield via Rogate.[48]

Midhurst Rother College is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Freedom of Information and Financial Accountability  |  United Learning Safeguarding Children Guidelines

Visitors are spoiled for choice in Midhurst – just take a stroll along West Street, Red Lion Street, Church Hill, Knockhundred Row and North Street and you’ll discover a wealth of independent retailers; great quality, fantastic diversity and establishments that will exceed your expectations at every turn.

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.

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]


We hope you find all the information you need about the College on this website.  If you would like to know more please do contact us and we will be delighted to help.

Cowdray House and estate was owned by the Montagu family until 1843, when it was bought by the 6th Earl of Egremont, who sold it in 1910 to Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson who in 1917 becomes Viscount Cowdray. The current owner is the 4th Viscount.

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.

The name Midhurst was first recorded in 1186 as Middeherst, meaning "Middle wooded hill", or "(place) among the wooded hills". It derives from the Old English words midd (adjective) or mid (preposition), meaning "in the middle", plus hyrst, "a wooded hill".[3]

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

Trace the creation of a perfect G&T with Blackdown Gin and The Spread Eagle

The Knockhundred Shuttles a Midhurst-based mixed Morris Dancing club, meets regularly to practice, and appears in numerous country festivals. The Midhurst Players present 3–4 amateur dramatic productions each year, the Midhurst Art Society and the Midhurst Camera Club each hold summer exhibitions each year, and the Midhurst Choral Society gives periodic recitals.

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 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]