Petersfield High Street North

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

Photographs provide excellent historical records and Petersfield is fortunate that the Museum now has more than 115,000. This wonderful collection was started by the Petersfield Area Historical Society and then passed to the museum when it was founded in the 1990s. It then received a huge boost in 2016 when local press photographer, Don Eades passed his collection of negatives, taken between 1962 and 1987, to the museum. These photographs from the past are now hugely popular with the public.

To build on this our Society instigated a project in 2015 to photograph all the buildings in Petersfield’s historic core of. In a period of five months over 1100 photographs were taken from the street covering buildings, sometimes from several angles.

A great feature of the collection is that when a building is altered it provides a reference to show before and after, some of which have been shown on this website over the last few years.

Whilst some changes have resulted in complete redevelopments, a more subtle change is now taking place as retail shops that have closed for the final time are being converted for residential use. This can be seen at No 15 Sheep Street where the once popular fish and chip shop has now become residential.

Older residents can remember fish and chips being sold from this building as early as the 1950s when it was called Bellows. Subsequent owners were Nicky’s and Sea and Spud.

The adjacent building, No 17, has also been changed from retail to residential. For a significant period of time it was a grocery shop known as Galway’s in the 1950s and then as Shirley’s from 1969.

Sheep Street
No 15 Sheep Street as a fish and chip in shop in June 2015. Note No 17 still has the shop front.
 
Sheep Street
No 15 Sheep Street as residential premises in January 2021. Note that No 17 beyond is also now residential.

Programme 2021

Regrettably, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Society has cancelled all meetings and visits until further notice. However during this period, to keep in contact with our membership, the Society is producing a monthly newsletter with a good selection of historical articles and reminiscences. In addition, the popular twice-yearly bulletin will continue to be published and distributed to members. Copies will also be placed in Petersfield Library, Petersfield Museum and Hampshire Record Office for future reference.

How To Join

Contact us 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.

Musical Festival

Petersfield Musical Festival Petersfield Musical Festival has entertained the town with choral music for over 100 years.

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.