Petworth Heritage Partnership
St.Mary’s church and a Mill mention as part of Burton Manor first mentioned in Domesday book.
Coultershaw site of several corn mills.
Every year a fair is held in the centre of Petworth on St.Edmunds day, a tradition that dates back to the 12th Century.
The land where Petworth House and Park now sits was given as a royal gift from the widow of Henry I to her brother Jocelin de Louvain who married into the renowned Percy family, Earls of Northumberland.
The current St. Mary’s church building dates back to 1200s.
First record of a manor house on the present site of Petworth House.
The first evidence of market square, although some believe it to have been there for at least 300 years before.
A traveller passing through Burton wrote of seeing ‘those hot swarthy Vulcans, sweating, puffing, hammering and drawing out those rusty Sowes into Barrs, by rumbling, noysing, Bedlam-water-Mills’
First documentary evidence of Petworth’s Dissenting community. Reported to be 60 strong and served by three ministers.
Grand re-building of Petworth House as a Baroque Mansion began, following marriage of Elizabeth Percy to 6th Duke of Somerset.
With no male heir, the Petworth House estate went to the 7th Duke of Somersets brother-in-law, Sir William Wyndham and the name associated with Petworth became Earls of Egremont.
Capability Brown commissioned to landscape Petworth Park.
First evidence of a workhouse in Petworth.
Burton Mill built on the foundations of an earlier hammer forge.
Coultershaw Beam Pump installed to provide water supply for Petworth House and town.
Petworth Gaol, or ‘house of corrections’ opened to deliver hard labour and solitary confinement to petty criminals and vagrants. On present day site of Rosemary lane.
3rd Earl of Egremont instructed for the current Leconfield Hall to be built.
The River Rother improved for navigation from the Arun at Pulborough – the building of the Wey & Arun Canal in 1816 allowed boats to travel to London.
Petworth to Chichester turnpike was diverted to cross the River Rother at Coultershaw.
400 cottages built for Leconfield Estate (part of Petworth House) workers, including Egremont Row and Percy terrace.
Percy Street, Petworth
Town gave Obelisk streetlamp gifted to Lord Leconfield as a token of thanks for providing the town with gas lighting.
Congregational Chapel (now United Reformed) opened in Golden Square.
Construction of railway line from Midhurst to Petworth began.
Closure of the Chichester Turnpike.
Commercial use of the Rother Navigation ceased.
Historic Image show Greengrocers, Saddlers and Bakers on Lombard Street.
First Mass celebrated in the New Catholic Church of The Sacred Heart, Angel Street.
Flour milling ceased at Burton Mill. The mill was subsequently converted into a sawmill.
Mrs Cummings took on tenancy of 346 High Street, now known as Petworth Cottage Museum.
Coultershaw Mill burnt down and was replaced the following year with a reinforced concrete mill.
Toronto Scottish regiment stationed in town in WW2. Polish War Camp in Petworth Park.
Bombing of boys school.
Steeple removed from St.Marys Church. National Trust took on stewardship of Petworth House and Park.
Petworth House opens to the public.
Passenger services at Petworth railway station ended.
Beam pump stopped pumping water to Petworth. Demolition of Petworth workhouse.
Petworth Station closed to goods.
Coultershaw mill closed and demolished the following year.
The restored beam pump at Coultershaw pumped water for the first time to the fountain. Volunteers from the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society restored the Coultershaw Beam Pump and converted the disused Burton Mill back into a flour mill.
Petworth Cottage Museum, Mrs Cummings Cottage opened to public.