By Tim Lambert
Early 12th Century
The town of Petersfield is founded. The Earl of Gloucester starts a market by St Peter’s Church
The main industry in Petersfield is wool. There is also a leather tanning industry. The little market town has a population of 600 or 700.
The population of Petersfield rises to about 1,000
Petersfield suffers an outbreak of plague. The wool trade is declining.
Petersfield suffers an outbreak of smallpox. Stagecoaches are now running through Petersfield bringing prosperity to the town.
Richard Churcher leaves money to found a school in Petersfield
Daniel Defoe describes Petersfield as a town eminent for little but being full of good inns
Some citizens get together to drain a bog so Petersfield Pond is created
The little market town of Petersfield has a population of about 2,100
A statue of William III is erected in The Square
The Taro Fair begins in Petersfield
A workhouse opens in Love Lane
Petersfield gains gas street lighting
A police station is built
The railway reaches Petersfield
A cottage hospital opens
Sewers and drains are built in Petersfield
Bedales School opens
Petersfield Urban District Council is formed
The population of Petersfield is nearly 4,000. The first Petersfield Festival of Music is held.
The council buys Petersfield Pond and the Heath for public use
A new Town Hall is built. Petersfield is growing very rapidly.
High Meadow is donated to the town
The population of Petersfield has risen to about 8,000
Queen Elizabeth Country Park opens
A new library opens. A new leisure centre opens.
The Physic Garden opens
Petersfield bypass opens
Petersfield is given a new logo. The Community Hospital opens. Rams Walk opens.
A museum opens in St Peters Road
The population of Petersfield is 14,000