About us and What we do

The Midhurst Society - Promoting high standards in planning and architecture and encouraging preservation of the heritage of our town and 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 promoting preservation, an active heritage group can make a real difference. We have distilled our aims as follows: making Midhurst a better place to live, work and enjoy.


Our activities

  • Commenting and advising on significant planning proposals
  • Monitoring changes to listed buildings
  • Supporting other local heritage groups
  • Liaising with other local community groups to promote local heritage
  • Liaising with local Councils and the National Park Authority
  • High quality lecture programme and twice yearly magazine
  • Campaigning on local issues
  • Publishing books and other material of local interest

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.

Both the town and the villages are modern communities facing all the challenges of the modern world. The Midhurst Society is actively engaged in helping to meet those challenges.

The Challenges

We face a range of issues in protecting the cultural heritage of this special area, including planning proposals, housing developments, mineral extraction, large scale developments and, in Midhurst alone, protecting more than a hundred listed buildings. This can only happen with the involvement of the whole local community and an active heritage group.