Category Archives: Local History

Early Closing at 7pm? No thanks.

There is much of interest to be found by trawling through the pages of old local newspapers.  On 7th October 1908, the Bognor Regis Observer carried a report about the popularity of the Women’s Suffrage movement in Midhurst, West Sussex: … Continue reading

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An Archaeological Excursion

On 17th August 1867, the Sussex Advertiser carried a report of the annual excursion of the Sussex Archaeological Society, a happy summertime event for the members of the society.  Each year they chose a different location of historical interest to … Continue reading

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Richard Cobden and Midhurst

Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was a successful businessman, trading in muslin and calico. In 1828 he became co-owner of a calico printing factory in Manchester. His travels in the course of his business life convinced him of the importance of free … Continue reading

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A Royal Visit to Midhurst

In November 1903 King Edward VII laid the foundation stone for the Midhurst Sanatorium, later the King Edward VII Hospital. It was reported in newspapers all over the country. The following quote is from the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, from … Continue reading

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A Railway Celebration

In 1864 Midhurst’s first railway station opened, to service the line to Petersfield.  Two years later a second station was opened, to service the line to Pulborough.  It took nearly 20 years for a line to open linking Midhurst to … Continue reading

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Midhurst in 1915

Ramblings 6.  For several years at work I used to receive regular calls from a well known telephone directory.  “Next year you won’t be listed if you don’t pay to advertise,” I would be told, to which I would reply, … Continue reading

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Lookeedezee the Grizzledemundy?

Snippets 70. In the mid 18th Century Mary Palmer wrote Devonshire Dialect, a work of fiction that is highly significant from an historical perspective as it offers such a valuable insight into the language of the county at the time. … Continue reading

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