The small town of Petworth, West Sussex, England boasts a current population of around 2,800 people. It lies in the Chichester District of the ceremonial county of West Sussex, in the southern reaches of the country. The town itself lies inland from the English Channel coastline, about 40 or so miles south-southwest of London.
The town's history can be traced back to its entry in the Domesday Book, the 11th century property survey ordered held by the first Norman king, William I. It is also the home of the historically interesting Petworth House, a 17th century stately home and park which is now owned by England's National Trust. The Petworth Cottage Museum is also located in the town. It depicts what life was like for the domestic worker in 1910 or thereabouts.
It is interesting to note that the town itself was a victim of World War II bombing by German air forces in 1942. A number of townsfolk lost their lives in the attack by a single German bomber. There was once also a rail line, but it was closed to passenger traffic in 1955 and then to freight traffic in 1966. The station itself has since been converted for use as an interesting looking bed-and-breakfast establishment.
Petworth also features a lively amateur stage arts culture, with the locally-renowned Petworth Players acting troupe staging plays and revues at regular intervals. The town also has had a brass and woodwind band for nearly a century. It still rehearses and competes in band contests on a regular basis.
The county of West Sussex, in which Petworth resides, currently has a population of around 777,000 people. The county itself is known for having a great many architecturally-significant stately homes and castles, and much of the land area is protected countryside. This makes it an ideal region for hiking and bicycling. Both Petworth and West Sussex offer a great many activities and places of interest for tourists and residents alike.