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Petworth is a small town and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It includes the settlements of Byworth and Hampers Green. The town is mentioned in Domesday Book, and is best known as the location of the Petworth House and its grounds, which The small town in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. According to the Domesday Book of 1086, Petworth had 44 households, consisting of 24 villagers, 11 smallholders, and 9 slaves, with land for ploughing and woodland, pigs, and 97 hectares (24 acres) of meadows.

The history of Petworth is rather rare in that it has been called Petworth from the very moment it was founded.

The oldest street fair in the south of England every year on the Feast of St. Edmund the King. Although there is some dispute over whether the fair was first held in 1273 or possibly 1199, or maybe even earlier. In any case, it is the oldest street fair in this part of England.

St. Mary the Virgin parish church dates back to Saxon days. The building was finished in the 13th century, though there have been numerous restorations and changes to the church over the years. There have been two different spires on the church The first one was made of made and wood. It was slanted to one side, which gave birth to a local rhyme, “Proud Petworth, poor people. High church, crooked steeple.”

Burton’s Mill was constructed in the 1780s on the same site where an hammer forge once stood. The mil worked as a flour and feed mill until the early 20th century when it got changed over to a power generator and then a sawmill. Today, it is a private home which has restored the flour mill to once again mill flour, though on a lot smaller scale than the original mill. The homeowner offers the flour in local shops.

On September 29, 1942, a single German Heinkel 111 dropped three bombs on the Boys’ School on North Street. These bombs killed 28 of the school’s pupils, the headmaster Charles Stevenson, and assistant teacher Charlotte Marshall.



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