Welcome to Petersfield

Petersfield is an ancient town set in an area of outstanding natural beauty within The Southdowns National Park. The area of Mapledurham, which comprised of Buriton, Petersfield and Sheet is mentioned in the Domesday book.

Bronze Age and Iron Age burial mounds are still to be found on The Heath which is a 69 acre area of grass and heathland set around a 22 acre pond and is considered by many residents and visitors to be the jewel in Petersfield’s crown.

Access and Transportation

Petersfield has easy access by means of two major roads crossing through Petersfield and is also on the main London to Portsmouth rail link. The Town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is located in the National Park. The Town prides itself on being a great place to live and work and has a population approaching 14,000. With such beautiful countryside and ease of access to neighbouring large cities and commuting to London, Petersfield is increasingly popular as a residential area.

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Petersfield’s Neighbourhood Plan covers all aspects of development in our town. It’s our chance to come together as a community and decide what kind of town we want Petersfield to be in the next 5, 10, 20 years, and beyond.

The more individuals and sectors of the community who contribute, the better our plan will be for everyone. So, take a look around the site, see the kinds of ideas and information we need, and then let us know your thoughts… Your contribution really is vital.


Whether you’re a Petersfield resident, or just visiting our beautiful market town in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Love Petersfield is for you: www.lovepetersfield.co.uk

Here, you’ll find details of Petersfield’s local shops selling the very best in food, fashions, gifts, treats and everyday essentials – plus special offers exclusive to Love Petersfield. So if you share our passion for the traditional High Street, and the informed, personal service that goes with it, we invite you to view our local retailers online here – and then go and see them for real.

Petersfield Round Table are not a bunch of old men sitting round discussing town affairs, local politics and the problems with the youth of today! They are not some strange secret society with funny handshakes and wierd rituals that you have to perform. They are also not about standing out in the street every weekend shaking buckets. It’s a great way to make some friends if you are new in town or seem to be stuck in staring at the same four walls every night talking to yourself.

Petersfield Round Table meets every fortnight on a Thursday, often in The Square Brewery and has a varied diary of events throughout the year including the annual fireworks display at Bell Hill Recreation Ground held in November each year.

Check out their Events page for more information.

Did you Know?

  • Petersfield has played home to many notable residents, such as the artist Flora Twort, the botanist John Goodyer, Miranda Hart, Alec Guinness to name but a few
  • Petersfield is an historic market town which dates back to the 12th century
  • In 2009 the town hosted celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the coming of the railway
  • Petersfield is twinned with Warendorf in Germany and Barentin in France
  • Petersfield became included in the South Downs National Park in 2011
  • Petersfield has its own town flag

Other interesting facts and information can be found in the Official Town Guide by following this link Petersfield Town Guide.