In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Midhurst like this:
Midhurst, market town and par., Sussex, on river Rother, 5 miles W. of Petworth, 11 N. of Chichester, and 61 SW. of London by rail, 671 ac., pop. 1615; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Thursday. It is supposed that Midhurst was a large town before the Norman Conquest. A splendid reception was given to King Edward VI. here in 1547. At the grammar school (founded 1672) Sir Charles Lyell, Eichard Cobden, and other famous men, were educated. Midhurst is in the centre of some fine scenery, but has little trade. It returned 2 members to Parliament from Edward IV. until 1832, and 1 member from 1832 until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Midhurst has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Chichester. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Midhurst and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Midhurst, in Chichester and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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