Petersfield High Street North

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


A real insight into a Southampton so close to a large shopping centre and yet totally overlooked by most. It has some of the most complete medieval city walls in the country including towers, gates and vaults. In the 1300s the sea came right up to the walls and gave both fortification and entrances for the merchants to unload their imported goods of wines and fine silks for the royal court.

Just inside the walls are wonderful streets of Georgian houses, so quiet and elegant and yet so close to a busy city. After lunch we walked the Titanic Trail seeing South Western House, a hotel where the rich would have stayed the night or two before they set sail on a maiden voyage and Canute Chambers, the offices of the White Star Line. The Grapes pub was a favourite for the crew and third class passengers, some of whom would have spent their last night here.

There were several memorials including the Titanic Crew Memorial in the ruins of the sympathetically restored Holyrood Church and a memorial at Ocean Dock, inside Dock Gate 4, to all 1500 who died. We finished the visit at the small St Julien’s Church dating back to 1197.

How To Join

Contact us for an application form. Membership costs £15 per person or £20 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 and Art Gallery

Petersfield Museum

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

Petersfield Musical Festival


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

Petersfield 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 Petersfield Heath

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