About us and What we do

The Midhurst Society - Celebrating the wonderful place that is - and long has been - Midhurst and its surrounding villages.


About The Midhurst Society

For everyone who cares about the heritage of Midhurst and the surrounding villages.

The Society (Registered Charity no. 268565) was formed in 1960 to stimulate public interest in Midhurst and its surrounding villages; promote high standards of planning and architecture; encourage the preservation, development and improvement of local features of historic and community interest; and engage with the public through meetings, lectures, exhibitions and publications.

The Society is as relevant today as it was half a century ago and by celebrating our heritage and life here in the 21st century, we aim to make Midhurst a better place to live, work and enjoy.


Our activities

  • Supporting other local heritage groups
  • Liaising with other local community groups to promote local heritage
  • High quality lecture programme and twice yearly magazine
  • Publishing books and other material of local interest
  • Monitoring significant local planning applications

The Midhurst Heritage

Midhurst is a unique historic town set at the heart of the South Downs National Park. It is surrounded by beautiful villages and magnificent countryside.

Its remarkable history is represented in a range of outstanding buildings spanning many centuries, together with the atmospheric Cowdray Ruins closely associated with Henry Vlll.

The surrounding villages feature churches from the Saxon period, ancient bridges and water mills. Their communities are linked to Midhurst but retain a strong sense of independence.