Midhurst in Living Memory

100 years of memories as recalled by the people of Midhurst

Edited by Sanchia Elsdon – copyright 2010 – The Midhurst Society

This book is the outcome of an oral history project initiated by the Midhurst Society and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It brings together the memories of over 100 people, some of whom have lived in the area for all or most of their lives. The oldest contributor was born in 1913, and there are many memories of the 1930s and the war years.

“The nostalgic memories captured in this book are of golden days when Midhurst was a little country town and life had hardly changed for generations. Life was hard, but was it happier?”

Price: £8.50 - available from Wheeler's Bookshop in Red Lion Street, Midhurst
Here is a review by Gilbert Hambone, in which he points out a couple of memories that he thinks are not quite accurate!

And by way of a follow-up - the colour photo showing Michael Foot's car (when he came to Midhurst to unveil the H G Wells plaques) is, we have been told, a Georges Richard car.  Perhaps from 1906 - perhaps even earlier.  The 'Victorian ladies' are believed to be Amy Hartmann, Georgina Jenkins, Caroline Greenfield, Eloise Fornieles , Karen Buckle, Claire Wilson, and Julie Fitzsimmons.  We have been unable to verify this.