An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Fittleworth and Ebernoe with a total ward population as taken at the 2011 census of 4,742.
The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. Imagine the hustle and bustle of servant life in the Historic Kitchens and myriad ancillary rooms.
A trip to Petworth isn’t complete without a visit to the National Trust’s Petworth House and Gardens.
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Step inside the imposing 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.
The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural but in reality nothing is further from the truth. The Park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. You can discover more about ‘Capability’ Brown at Petworth throughout 2016 as we celebrate his legacy with events, talks and exhibitions.
Some of Britain’s greatest watercolours come to Petworth House this winter for a major exhibition. Works by JMW Turner and leading British artists of his generation are on show from Saturday 7 January 2017. Early booking recommended.
The village of Byworth in the parish is just to the east of Petworth, across the Shimmings valley.
The heart and soul of The Leconfield is our beautiful restaurant & courtyard garden. Comfy seating, a relaxing bar, pretty courtyard garden and a friendly welcome greets you as you enter the door.
Lord Egremont and his family live in the south wing, allowing much of the remainder to be open to the public. Lady Egremont has restored the gardens.
The Percy family, whose primary seat was at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, bordering Scotland, intended Petworth to be for their occasional residence only. However, in the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I grew suspicious of the Percy family's allegiance to Mary, Queen of Scots, and confined them to Petworth.
Nearby Goodwood holds year-round sporting events and meetings.
Situated in the heart of Petworth, The Leconfield is an AA 2 rosette, award winning restaurant and bar offering stylish yet informal dining. Set in the surroundings of a beautifully restored 17th century building the restaurant offers a la carte and set menus as well as private dining rooms
With 700 acres to explore, Petworth Park and Pleasure Grounds offers the perfect opportunity to tick a few of our 50 things activities off your list and start filling up your scrapbook.
The town is mentioned in Domesday Book. It is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House, the grounds of which (known as Petworth Park) are the work of Capability Brown. The house and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust.
Learn more about how the history of Petworth has been shaped over time with our weekly programme of talks and tours.
The house and deer park were handed over to the nation in 1947 by Edward Wyndham, 5th Baron Leconfield (1883-1967) and are now managed by the National Trust under the name Petworth House & Park.
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Enjoy autumn at Petworth House and Park, with acres of grounds to explore outside and exhibitions that inspire in the Mansion and Servants' Quarters.
Petworth Primary School is the only school in the town. The school is at the south of the town and takes pupils up until Year 6. Until 2008 the Herbert Shiner School took pupils in years 6, 7 and 8 before they moved on to Midhurst Grammar School but this was closed down when the new Midhurst Rother College was opened.
Petworth Vision an action group driven toward achieving results in Petworth. If you would like to get involved and help us shape the future of Petworth, find out more here…
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Kevis House Gallery brings together five accomplished landscape artists, offering unique interpretations of the natural and built world. All works in this exhibition will...
Have a memorable day at Petworth with your family this summer, come rain or shine. Drop into one of our weekly Wild Time Wednesday...
Petworth has also been the home to the Petworth Town Band for over 100 years. A group of nearly 40 amateur brass and woodwind players, the band rehearses weekly and is often seen around the local area playing at local events.
Out of India – Exhibition at Moncrieff Bray Gallery The gallery celebrates the intoxicating spirit of India with a three -week exhibition which showcases new...
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
At Petworth House and Park we currently have five workshops exploring different aspects of the curriculum. Learn more about using the setting of Petworth House and Park as a classroom.
Petworth is in the running to win a cash prize as part of a nationwide search for the Britain’s best high street. The market...
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The railway line between Pulborough and Midhurst once had a station at Petworth, but the line was closed to passenger use in 1955, and finally to freight in 1966, though the station building survives as a bed and breakfast establishment.
Join our volunteering team and find out just why volunteering at Petworth will have you turning your hand to new things.
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The Leconfield Estates continue to own much of Petworth and the surrounding area. The contents of the house, in particular the paintings and sculptures, are now the property of the National Trust having been taken in lieu of accumulated death duties.
In the early 17th century, the question of Petworth's status as an honour or a town came up when the Attorney General charged William Levett of Petworth, Gent., son of Anthony Levett, with "having unlawfully usurped divers privileges within the town of Petworth, which was parcel of the Honour of Arundel." William Levett's son Nicholas became rector of Westbourne, West Sussex.
Petworth fell victim to bombing in World War II on 29 September 1942, when a lone German Heinkel 111, approaching from the south over Hoes Farm, aimed three bombs at Petworth House. The bombs missed the house, but one bounced off a tree and landed on the Petworth Boys' School in North Street, killing 28 boys, the headmaster, Charles Stevenson, and assistant teacher Charlotte Marshall.
The manor of Petworth first came into the possession of the Percy family as a royal gift from Adeliza of Louvain, the widow of King Henry I (1100-1135), to her brother Joscelin of Louvain. He later married the Percy heiress and adopted the surname Percy. His descendents became the Earls of Northumberland, the most powerful family in northern England.
The town's amateur dramatics group is known as the Petworth Players, and their past productions have included 'Allo 'Allo; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Sleeping Beauty.