Explore the history and community of Petworth.


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

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

Further images of Petworth 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 Petworth and Midhurst libraries. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Petworth 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. 

The Times Digital Archive covers includes some coverage of events in Petworth 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 Petworth can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Petworth 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

Petworth Emigration Project

Exploring 19th century nineteenth-century emigration from Petworth and Sussex to Canada, under the sponsorship of the third Earl of Egremont.


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. 

Parish registers 1559-1902

Duncton Parish Council

Includes local history videos about the area.

Places of Interest

Coultershaw Heritage Site

Leconfield Hall

Petworth Cottage Museum

Petworth House and Gardens

Local Walks

Walks at Petworth House and Park

Discover Petworth - Walks Around Petworth

Local Information

Petworth Town Council

Duncton Parish Council

Chichester District Council

Discover Petworth

Petworth Festival

BBC News - Petworth

Local Organisations

Petworth Society

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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