A pictorial alphabet of favourite places around England – M for Midhurst
A pictorial alphabet of favourite places I've sketched and painted around England
Midhurst is a market town in West Sussex, inland from Chichester Harbour. Its location at the junction of the main North-South and East-West roads in the area means there has been a settlement here since Roman times. Being in the middle of the South Downs, it is now a tourist centre. Many buildings remaining in the old town are Tudor, and over 100 listed buildings include Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well. The town is dominated by the ruins of Cowdray House where Guy Fawkes once worked as a footman, which led to the local lord of the manor being investigated after the Gunpowder Plot. My pen & wash sketch shows The Old Library, which was built in the late 16th century and was originally 5 cottages. In 1946 it became Midhurst Library and was used as such until 2014 when the library moved and it became the Town Council offices. I think many council officials around the country would be envious of such accommodation!