Midhurst is a market town on the Rother River in the heart of the South Downs National Park, east of Petersfield and north of Chichester. it falls within the county of West Sussex. It's position makes it well situated for exploring the countrsyide and pretty villages of the region.
A charming town, Midhurst has numerous attractive buildings centred around the Church of St Mary Magdelene and St Denys and the surrounding streets and alleys including many half-timbered and 16th century houses. The original town stocks are still in place but haven't been used since the middle of the 19th century!
Midhurst is also home to numerous small specialist shops and has a good selection of cafes and several pubs.
Famous 19th - 20th century science-fiction writer HG Wells lived in Midhurst, and was a pupil (and later assistant teacher) at the town grammar school.
Near to Midhurst
Cowdray House was once a very fine Tudor mansion house, destroyd by fire in 1793. the substantial ruins are sufficient to give a good indication of the original importance of the house, and are newly renovated and open to the public (just east of Midhurst).
The original Cowdray House falls within the grounds of Cowdray Park, an extensive estate best known for its polo competitions, including the annual Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup and containing a more recent country mansion built to replace the original (not open to the public).