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

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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The Tudor House Museum, Southampton

Sunday 10 May 2015

For the second year we returned to learn more of Southampton’s ancient past with a visit to the Grade 1 listed Tudor House Museum. Our excellent guide, Andrew Skinner, took us on a fascinating tour of the site covering 830 years from the adjoining King John’s Palace dating from Norman times, to the Tudor House as viewed today. 

The house was originally three small houses, which were converted in 1491 into one property by John Dawtrey, an MP and Sheriff, who supplied food for Henry VIII’s navy.

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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.