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Midhurst and Petworth Observer

The Midhurst and Petworth Observer is a weekly newspaper published on Thursdays and sold in Midhurst and Petworth in the South Downs, and surrounding parts of West Sussex.

It was founded in 1882 as The Midhurst Times. It underwent a series of name changes in the 1930s: first it became the Midhurst and Petworth Times (1935), then the Midhurst, Petworth, Haslemere and District Times (1936), then the Midhurst, Petworth and District Times (New Year 1940). It briefly became the Midhurst and Petworth Times once more in 1962 before relaunching under its present title in 1964.

It’s published by Sussex Newspapers (part of the nationwide Johnston Press group of regional and local newspapers). Although the main editorial offices are in Chichester, there’s also a Midhurst office.

There are two other editions in the Observer series: the Chichester Observer (which is the main edition) and the Bognor Regis Observer.

It switched from broadsheet to tabloid format at the end of September 2012.

  • Address:
  • Midhurst and Petworth Observer
    Capron House
    North Street

    GU29 9DT
  • Tel:
  • 07801 195419
  • Fax:
  • 01243 539386