Welcome to Petersfield
Welcome to Petersfield Town Council, and the Market Town of Petersfield. We hope that you find what you are looking for on our website. Here at Petersfield Town Council, we strive to provide good service from the various venues and grounds that we maintain or hire out to the general public, and can be seen from the list of grounds and venues.
History of the Town
Petersfield town is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Southdowns National Park. Petersfield, Buriton, and Sheet collectively made up the area of Mapledurham, which 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.
Food and Shopping
At the heart of the town is the square, which is surrounded by shops, bars and various facilities, and right in the centre of the square stands one of the most recognised statues of William III. Many independent shops and places to eat exist down the High Street, along Chapel Street, and into Lavant Street, as well as along Dragon Street, which is part of the old A3.
One of the many attractions of this Town, is the very large and beautiful ‘pond’ which is also known as Heath Lake. This is an idyllic spot for a visit any time of the year, with boats to hire during the summer months, usually from Easter onwards, walks around the lake, and refreshments at the Plump Duck.
Travelling to Petersfield
Petersfield has easy access by means of the A3 and A272, and is situated on the main London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour rail link.
The weather is getting warmer, and we have already seen crocuses and daffodils lining some of the areas of our town. Again, this year, we want to make Petersfield a place of beauty during the spring and particularly summer months. Not only will we be celebrating another year of Petersfield In Bloom, but this year will also be the celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday, so there is even more reason to get planting in preparation for this grand occasion.
Competition entry forms are now available from Petersfield Town Council, either from reception, or our website www.petersfield-tc.co.uk and at the Tourist Information Centre based at The Library in the square. Entry forms can be returned to either of these venues. The competition is open to all Petersfield residents. Previous entrants will be invited to enter again, and we hope that there will be many previous and new entrants this year.
The closing date for entries will be Friday 1st July and judging will take place during the morning of Thursday 14th July 2016.
This is the Town Mayor’s first Charity for 2015-2016. The Town Mayor has 2 charities that she is supporting this year.
The Rosemary Foundation Hospice at Home is a registered charity, providing care, for individuals who have a life limiting condition and their carers – within their own home as life draws to a close. This service is without charge. For more information visit www.rosemary-foundation.org.uk
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.