Petworth is a small market town in the north-west of the Arundel and South Downs constituency, having been part of the Chichester constituency prior to the General Election of 2010.
The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House, now in the hands of the National Trust. The grounds, known as Petworth Park, are the work of Capability Brown.
Today, Petworth has a population of nearly 3,000 people and is famous for its narrow streets, antique shops, boutiques and the annual fair which takes place on 20 November. There is also an arts festival every July.
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Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has today (14 January) written to the Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire, asking him to ‘call in’ a decision by the South Downs National Park Authority to allow new housing in Petworth.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited retailers in Petworth to promote ‘Small Business Saturday’ and is asking shoppers to support their local businesses this week.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined 100 walkers taking part in the second Walk for Wards at Petworth Park on Saturday (20 June).