Petersfield High Street North

Part of front cover designed by Edward Grainger for Petersfield Monographs No. 2 entitled ‘High Street Petersfield’.

College Street, PetersfieldOver the years members of the society have as a group or individuals written many of the history books on Petersfield’s rich history.

We are therefore delighted that several of our members have, for the past three years, taken part as members of Petersfield U3A local history group in the research and production of a new book on College Street.

This excellent publication is published by the Petersfield Museum at £12.50 and available from the Museum and independent books shops in the town.

Petersfield Area Historical Society News

Hampshire Field Club

hampshire field logoNine members of PAHS attended the Hampshire Field Club Landscape Section’s Conference and AGM at Peter Symonds College, Winchester on Saturday 7 November. Organised jointly with Petersfield Area Historical Society and Buriton Local History Group, the subject for the day was “Petersfield: Changing Landscapes in and around a Hampshire Market Town.”
With 65 people in attendance, the first speaker was George Anelay, a professional archaeologist and Project Director of the Petersfield Museum’s project People of the Heath. George focused on “Understanding and conserving Petersfield’s pre-historic barrows” with particular reference to the current four-year excavations and the up-to-date finds and theories.
The next two sessions were taken by Society members Bill Gosney and Nick Swan who spoke firstly on Petersfield from the Norman invasion to the Civil War” and then on The Transport Revolution and the Growth of Petersfield”.
The final session of the day was from Doug Jones of Buriton Local History Group on “Geology and Landscapes in Buriton: effects on a rural parish.”
This is the first time that our Society has been involved in a project with the Hampshire Field Club and we were delighted to learn from their Chairman, Mike Broderick, that it had been well received with one of their members reportedly saying that our "presentation of Petersfield’s past was one of the best he had heard.” 
It is planned to follow up the conference in the summer of 2016 with a visit and two walks around Petersfield featuring “The General History of the Town” and “Petersfield in World War One”. We look forward to meeting with them again.

Forthcoming Events

How To Join

Contact us by email for an application form. Membership costs £12 per person or £17 per couple. This includes eight meetings per year with a speaker and five optional meetings of the Society’s Archaeological Group. You will also receive a copy of the Society’s twice-yearly bulletin.

Petersfield Museum

Petersfield Museum

Visit the Petersfield Museum to see some of the archival work PAHS has undertaken.

Flora Twort Gallery

Flora Twort Gallery

Visit the Flora Twort collection and the 18th Century cottage where Flora lived.

Physic Garden

fritillaryThe Physic Garden is open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day. Check the website for times. Entrance is free.

People of the Heath

People of the Heath

Visit People of the Heath for more on the excavation of the Petersfield Heath barrows.