Petersfield High Street South Side

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

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.

Photographing the Town

In late 2014, we announced that the Society would begin to photograph the buildings within the historic core of the town, creating a record that could be used in future years by researchers and those wishing to chart alterations to buildings.

Initially, with light conditions being very important, we were hindered due to overcast and wet days. The project eventually started in late June and has continued throughout the summer. We now have over 600 photographs showing individual buildings, groups of buildings and where possible, the rear of the buildings and specific architectural details.

The project will continue during the autumn and, if necessary, restart again in the spring. In the meantime, we are recording details of the property on each photograph.

The value of the project cannot be better illustrated than 32, Chapel Street, which during the past year has seen a dramatic transformation. Fortunately this building was photographed from the front elevation just before refurbishment commenced and another photograph was taken on the day it opened as Owen’s Cycles, with six flats above and a small retail unit in Bakery Lane. 




Boxgrove Priory

Thursday 20th August 2015

Our guide, Tim Pullen, brightened a dull and damp August day with a fascinating morning tour of the Boxgrove Priory and the Church of St Mary and St Blaise. Founded in 1105 by Benedictine monks, Boxgrove initially consisted of the usual monastic buildings, but continued to be enlarged and enhanced through to the 16th century. By the end of the 12th century, a parish church had been added, separated by a screen from the monastic church. In circa 1300 a separate guest house was constructed, the ruins of which are seen today, under the care of English Heritage.

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Arundel and Amberley with Chris Maxse

Wednesday 22 July 2015

For the sixth year, blue badge guide Chris Maxse continued his tours of towns and churches of Sussex with a visit to Arundel and Amberley. Commencing on the banks of the River Arun, we meandered upward through the streets of Arundel viewing the predominantly Georgian and Victorian architecture before arriving at the Catholic Cathedral Church of Our Lady & St Philip Howard at the highest point of the town.

Following the revival of catholicism in 1850, it was built originally as a parish church in 1873 by the fifteenth Duke of Norfolk to the design of J A Hansom & Son in the French Gothic style. It became a cathedral in 1965.

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Buriton Village & Church Visit

Thursday 25 June 2015

On a delightful summer’s evening, PAHS members met up with our guides, Doug Jones and Bob Wright.

Starting beside the pond, Doug explained its importance as a water source and its probable reason for the early settlement of the village. Archaeological evidence shows activity nearby from the Bronze Age and Roman times but it was first recorded by the Normans in the Domesday Book as part of the Manor of Mapledurham.

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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.