Explore the history and community of Midhurst.


Images of Midhurst can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'Midhurst' in 'Any Text'.

Further images of Midhurst are also available on the West Sussex Record Office Online Photo Database.


The current edition of the Midhurst and Petworth Observer is available to view at Midhurst and Petworth libraries. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Midhurst Library.

Back issues of the Midhurst and Petworth Observer 1961-2016 are available on microfilm at Chichester Library. 

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues of the Midhurst and Petworth Observer 2017 and the Midhurst District Times 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

The West Sussex Gazette and The Argus are available to library members from home via Press Reader.

Further coverage of Midhurst and Chichester can be found on the Midhurst and Petworth ObserverChichester Observer and Chichester Post websites. Some back issues are available to download from the Midhurst Magazine website and for reference only in Midhurst and Chichester libraries. Search the library catalogue for more information.

The Times Digital Archive covers includes some coverage of events in Midhurst and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Horsham, Petworth, Midhurst and Steyning Express 1863-1902 (incomplete). You can access the British Newspaper Archive and the Times Digital Archive for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library.

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form.


A current map of Midhurst can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Midhurst are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

Victoria County History - Midhurst

Midhurst Society Downloadable Leaflets

Midhurst Society Interviews


Free database including billions of indexed records from around the world including UK parish registers and census. You will need to sign up for a free account. Records for Midhurst include:

Parish Registers 1565-1901
Workhouse admissions and discharges 1835-1901

Places of Interest

Cowdray Trust


Weald and Downland Living Museum

Local Walks

National Trust - Woolbeding, River Rother and Midhurst

Walking in England - Midhurst Walks

Serpent Trail

Local Information

Midhurst Town Council

Chichester District Council

Visit Midhurst

Local Organisations

Midhurst Society

Midhurst Town Trust

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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